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Why We Need Zinc

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Why We Need Zinc

Zinc is a trace mineral, meaning that the body only needs small amounts, and yet it is necessary for almost 100 enzymes to carry out vital chemical reactions. It is a major player in the creation of DNA, growth of cells, building proteins and healing damaged tissue.

One of zinc’s most important roles is supporting a healthy immune system. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9701160/

Foods to add to your diet that are high in zinc

Rock oysters

Herrings and sardines

Lamb shanks

Beef (steak)

Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

Crab

Cheese (tasty)

Almonds

Oat (rolled, uncooked)

Muesli

Chickpeas (canned)

Mung beans

Chicken Breast

Cornflakes

Yoghurt

Baked beans

Cashews

Milk (regular)

Wheat germ

Wild rice

Tahini

Chia seeds

Quinoa

Tempeh

Zinc is required for numerous processes in your body such as

Immune function

Gene expression

Enzymatic reactions

Protein synthesis

DNA synthesis

Wound healing

Growth and development

Can decrease the risk of preterm birth

Supports childhood growth

Helps manage blood sugar

Can slow the progression of macular degeneration

Clears up acne

Promotes a healthy heart and blood vessels

Wound healing – zinc plays a role in healthy skin

Sexual health – low zinc may lead to delayed sexual development, fertility problems, and other sexual health issues in males

Those at risk of Zinc deficiency are

People with gastrointestinal diseases like Crohn’s disease

Vegetarians and vegans

People with sickle cell anaemia

People who are malnourished, including those with anorexia or bulimia

People with chronic kidney disease

Those who abuse alcohol

Symptoms of zinc deficiency are

Unexplained weight loss

Wounds that don’t heal

Lack of alertness and brain fog

Decreased sense of smell and taste

Diarrhoea

Loss of appetite

Open sores on the skin

Blurry vision

Premature balding

Slow growth in children

Drops in blood sugar

Unfortunately, zinc tends to be ignored and the impact it has on our body is not widely understood. It is one of the most important minerals that has fantastic health benefits.

Make an appointment with us for detailed advice on maintaining a healthy and balanced diet and keeping your body at optimal health.

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