Posted on: Thursday, May 20th 2021 at 1:30 pmWritten By: GreenMedInfo Research Group
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This unsung dietary hero is so essential your cells wouldn’t know what to do without it. Read on to learn why zinc is one mineral you just can’t afford to miss
Zinc is an important trace mineral found throughout your body, second only to iron in its prevalence in human cells and tissues. Zinc plays a part in critical processes like wound healing, immune system response and functions such as cellular growth and repair.
There’s even an established link between zinc levels and respiratory health, giving zinc added importance during cold and flu season and whenever your body is under stress.
Zinc: Why You Need It
Have you ever wondered why people take zinc lozenges at the first sign of a cold? Evidence suggests that supplementing with zinc within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms may help shorten the length of colds.[i] Oral supplementation in the form of zinc lozenges, capsules and syrup are preferable to intranasal zinc, which has been linked with loss of sense of smell in some individuals.[ii]
Another function of zinc is the regulation of metabolism. Found in more than 300 enzymes, zinc is critical to digestion, including the absorption and metabolism of essential micronutrients.[iii] Zinc deficiency can lead to malnutrition, which is an important problem worldwide.[iv]
Adequate zinc intake is especially important for children of all ages, and if you are pregnant or lactating. Deficiency of zinc during formational times could lead to retarded growth of biological systems like the gastrointestinal tract and skeletal, immune and reproductive systems.[v]