Zinc (Essential Minerals)
- Boosts the immune system
- Essential for the prostate
- Heals tissue
- Helps prevent macular degeneration
Zinc is found in higher levels in our body than any other trace element but iron. In the days when we were eating an unrefined diet and leading relatively stress-free lives, this was not a problem. However, processing and refining, overcooking and soil depletion where the crops are grown or how the animals are raised affects the levels in our foods. A zinc deficiency is therefore becoming ever more common.
A simple signal of a zinc deficiency is the presence of white spots on your finger nails. Stress depletes zinc. Zinc deficiencies are associated with many serious health conditions such as prostate problems, diabetes, infertility (zinc is present at very high levels in seminal fluid), fatigue and poor wound healing. Except for the prostate, the eyes absorb more zinc than any other tissue in the body. It is necessary for the prevention of macular degeneration, the most common cause of adult blindness.
Maintaining adequate levels of zinc may help protect elderly individuals from pneumonia and its complications. According to investigators, those with normal serum zinc concentrations in their blood reduced their risk of developing pneumonia by about 50%. Vegetarians may need as much as 50% more zinc than non-vegetarians because of the lower absorption of zinc from plant foods. Diarrhea results in a loss of zinc. Individuals who experience chronic diarrhea should make sure they include sources of zinc in their daily diet and from zinc supplementation.
In addition to mending the difficulties brought on by diabetes, zinc also serves to maint ain a healthy immune system, controls hair loss, halts impotence, improves brain function, prevents loss of taste or smell, and much more.
Recommended dose: 50 mg per day