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CAtegories: Food Science, Mineral, Vitamins

Zinc

Zinc is a micronutrient. Which means it is a chemical element or substance required in trace amounts for human nutrition, including the prevention and treatment of various conditions and diseases. Zinc is important for our immune system, it plays a role in cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates. It is also needed for our senses of taste and smell. The recommended intake of zinc for adults is between 8mg/day to 11mg/day. With many of us getting much less, due to inadequate dietary intake and poor absorption. A diet high in whole grain bread, high fibre and phytate contents render zinc nearly impossible to absorb. Zinc has been found to help fight infections as it is a natural killer of cell/phagocytic activity, and various inflammation markers. This makes it an important mineral for the improvement of acne, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, eczema, ulcers and wounds, disorders of mucosa and of hair, such as alopecia’s, and dermatitis of the scalp. Zinc also has been found to help with skin conditions such as vitiligo, scars and keloids. Reliable sources of zinc are oysters, red meat and poultry. Vegetarian good sources include pumpkin seeds, chickpeas and cocoa powder. When looking for a zinc supplement it is best to look for one that has zinc orotate, it is a chelated form which is more readily absorbed by the body. A nutritionist is the best person to buy a reliable supplement from, as they will give the right one for you. most chemist brands are full of fillers. It is important to take the required dosage for the condition you are experiencing. For more information on zinc visit https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/  

 
 

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