Some important facts about Zinc
Zinc is a trace mineral that is found in every cell (Ehrlich, 2013).
Zinc is responsible for immune health, reproduction, blood clotting, thyroid function and overall growth.
Zinc is also an antioxidant which means it helps to protect the body’s cells against the harmful effects of free radicals.
According to Pizzorno & Murray (2012), zinc is essential in the proper utilization of vitamin A.
Another interesting fact to note is that zinc has been used to treat stubborn cases of vaginitis that don’t respond to antibiotic therapy (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012). As stated in previous blog posts, immune health is essential for avoiding infection. Perhaps it is zinc’s exceptional immune health properties that make it a valuable treatment for vaginitis.
Your body only needs between 8 and 11mg of zinc per day (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012). However many adults receive less than that and develop symptoms of zinc deficiency.
The best sources of zinc are seafood such as oysters, crab and shrimp (Ehrlich, 2013).
But, if you don’t eat seafood do not fret because there are also other options. However, it is important to note that the plant sources of zinc are less easily absorbed by the body. These sources include legumes, whole grains, tofu, mushrooms and sunflower seeds.
For further reading . . .
Ehrlich, S. D. (2013, July 16). Zinc. Retrieved from University of Maryland Medical Center: umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/zinc
Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.