Minerals => Micro-Element => Zinc

What Zinc Does? Again an Essential trace Element & is found in every cell of The Body. It prevents many minerals getting excess-toxic levels and is antagonistic to minerals such as Calcium, Copper, Iron, Sulphur, Phosphorous, Lead & Cadmium. But also, excess levels of Zinc may reduce absorption of these elements. It is primarily associated with Proteins (has major role in their production in the body) & Metallo-Enzyme Systems. It is a component of many important enzymes in the body (Has a catalytic role to play in chemical reactions of 100’s of Enzymes). An Adult Human Body contains around 3 Grams (Highest Concentrations located in prostate Gland & Eyes). Zinc does following in the body:

  • Helps body metabolise Proteins, carbohydrates & Alcohol,
  • Wound Healing – Bone Building,
  • Taste-Vision-Smell,
  • Optimum Skin & Hair Health,
  • Immune System – Wound Healing-Blood Clotting,
  • Reproduction-Growth & Development (Important constituent of Male-Semen),
  • Involved in Nucleic Acid Synthesis,
  • Blood Sugar Levels-Insulin Levels in the Blood,
  • Thyroid Functions,
  • Anti-Oxidant Functions,
  • May help fight Wilson’s Disease.

Reasons for Shortage of Zinc: Anorexia, Alcoholics, Smokers, Un-balanced diet, Side Effects of Medicines, Chronic Abdominal Disorders.

Chlorophyll is required for Zinc Metabolism and Cauliflower is a rich source for Chlorophyll.

Zinc Deficiency may lead to:

  • Reduced amount of Vitamin-A release from the Liver (Night Blindness),
  • Loss of Appetite-Poor-Retarded Growth,
  • Lack of taste-Smell-Vision,
  • Skin Disorders (Extremely Dry-Itchy Skin-White Spots on Nails),
  • Severe Deficiency leads to Macular Degeneration,
  • Depression-Other Mental Disorders…

Rich Source of Zinc: Best absorbed through a protein Diet. Only around 1/3rd of the Zinc present in the body is absorbed by our Body. It is lost through our Sweat.

Plant Sources:           Legumes (Beans-Including Green Beans, Peas, Peanuts), Whole grains, Tofu, Cooked Green vegetables (Along with Leaves), Mushrooms, Pumpkin (Especially seeds, कद्दू के बीज), Corn, Black Sesame Seeds-Oil, Wheat Germ, Hemp Seeds,

Herbs & Spices:         Fennel Seeds (सौंफ),

Fruit Sources:            Watermelon Seeds,

Animal Sources:        Oysters, Shrimp, Crabs, Poultry, Cheese,

Zinc Acetate or Zinc Citrate is best absorbed in The Body.

Daily Recommended Values:

Adults:            8 – 15 mg/Day.

An approximate 150 mg of Zinc Citrate provides around 50 mg Elemental Zinc.

Contra-Indications:

  • As Zinc reduces amount of Copper our body may absorb, High Zn Doses lead to Copper deficiency,
  • Zinc and Iron or Calcium Supplements not to be taken together.

Did you know that ACE Inhibitors (Angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitor: The High Blood Pressure medicines) lead to Lower levels of Zinc in The Body!!

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Author: Manoj

My Research on Ancient (But Highly Intelligent & Advanced) Studies-Ayurveda & So Called Modern Studies (!!) has brought me literally back from Dead! Quit my sailing job in 2009 due Serious Medical Conditions (Severe Vision Loss, Severe Haemorrhoids, Severe Depression...), But few incidences (Rajiv Dixit CD's, Fatal Ailments Getting Cured at High End Ayurveda Ashrams, Khongress Leaders Going to Ayurveda Ashram!!!!!!!) Prompted me towards 'Dedicated & Devoted Studies of The Greatest (Ancient-Original) Medical Science-Ayurveda'.