Zinc Daily for a Reason
Look and Feel Fabulous
with Brenda Eastwood
Zinc plays a very important role in many facets of health. Here are just a few important reasons to take zinc daily.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic eye disease that affects more than 10 million Americans. It is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60 and the number of people with AMD rises as they get older.
There are now numerous medical studies that prove the effectiveness of zinc supplementation in combination with other nutrients to at least slow down the loss of vision in this disease.
For more information on eyesight, watch for an upcoming lesson in this CTH series.
HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM
Zinc will aid in antibody production and increase infection fighting T-cells.
Adequate levels of zinc are necessary to form collagen tissue, unite bone fractures , heal wounds and prevent osteoporosis. To build (rebuild) strong bone, you need collagen or the calcium has nowhere to go. To make collagen, you need zinc and vitamin C.
PREVENTING STRETCH MARKS
Vitamin E and zinc work together to help prevent stretch marks.
STABILIZING BLOOD SUGAR
The mineral zinc when partnered with B vitamins, Vitamin E, and omega 3 (as found in the Total Health Pack or equivalent) will help eliminate low blood sugar instability and cravings for carbohydrates, sweets and alcohol.
Zinc is needed in the production of insulin. A diabetic pancreas contains only about half as much zinc as does a healthy one. Therefore zinc is helpful in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.
To make neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine out of amino acids, you need an ample supply of B vitamins and zinc.
MALE HEALTH ISSUES
Zinc is required for the production of testosterone, and is needed to maintain semen volume. The zinc content of the prostate gland and sperm is higher than in any other body tissues.
A deficiency of zinc is associated with numerous sexual problems, including sperm abnormalities, prostate disease and low sex drive.
Acne blemishes occur when the pores of your skin become blocked with oil called sebum and bacteria start to grow. The blemishes range from barely noticeable whiteheads or blackheads to painful inflammatory acne with redness and pimples.
Zinc supports the proper functioning of your oil glands, so it can be helpful in healing acne, especially in teenage boys who have a higher zinc requirement in puberty (see Male Health Issues above for explanation).
However, to treat acne you will need more zinc than is present in our Total Health Pack or equivalent (that includes our multivitamin/mineral). For details on taking supplemental zinc, see the next lesson in the CTH series.
If you do start taking supplementary zinc, don’t expect to see results in just a couple of days. Depending on your acne and the amount of zinc you take, it may take several months to see any effect.
Remember that although zinc is really effective for acne, it’s not magic either. We suggest dietary changes, proper non-toxic skin care and possibly some additional vitamin A (see upcoming CTH lesson). For more details refer to the FAQ under Acne.
Cells located in the taste buds on the tongue and on the roof of the mouth carry messages to the brain about the taste of different substances. These cells are constantly replaced as they become old or damaged. Taste is also influenced by the sense of smell. For example, it is difficult to taste f oods when the nose is obstructed, as during an episode of the common cold.
Because zinc is an essential mineral needed for wound repair, healthy immune function, and proper growth, inadequate zinc intake can lead to taste dysfunction but it is not the only cause. Upper respiratory tract infection, hormonal changes, tobacco smoke, or nasal polyps as well as certain medications, like the blood pressure–lowering drug captopril (Capoten) and antibiotics such as metronidazole (Flagyl) can also cause impairment of taste function.
In Summary (from the National Institute of Health): Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism. It is required for the catalytic activity of approximately 100 enzymes and it plays a role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence and is required for p roper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system.
Copyright Brenda Eastwood 2012 –“CTH-96 Zinc Daily for a Reason”
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