Your Food and You: Zinc

Zinc needed by every cell in the body. New tissue growth requires zinc, as it strengthens cell membranes! It is vital for optimal health. Zinc plays a role in:

  • Immunity, wound healing
  • Fertility, reproduction, and maintaining testosterone levels
  • Balancing blood sugar
  • Digestion of carbohydrates, protein and fats
  • Cell division, growth and repair
  • Nervous system
  • Brain function
  • Smell, taste, perception and appetite

Not getting enough?

Zinc levels are reduced by physical and emotional stress. Some research suggests that deficiency may be linked to neuropsychiatric disorders such as:

  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Acute psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dementia / Alzheimer’s
  • Depression
  • ADD

The most common reason for deficiency is usually a lack of dietary intake, reduced absorption from the intestine or increase needs due to injury or illness.

Who should consider a supplement?

Since zinc is fairly easy to get through diet, most people do not need a supplement. Signs and symptoms of deficiency include poor appetite, loss of taste, diarrhea, vomiting, night blindness, hair loss and poor wound healing. Individuals who may want to consider a supplement include vegetarians, as well as people recovering from injury.

To learn more about how much you zinc you need and how to get zinc through food, check out our Fact Sheet below!

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November 19, 2015
Revive Wellness