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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