Everything You Need To Know About Zinc

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Everything You Need To Know About Zinc

Zinc plays an important role in the body as an activator to many key Enzymes. Zinc aids in growth and development in children as well as aids the immune system in combatting invasive bacteria and viruses. Furthermore Zinc plays a role in areas such as the male reproductive system, insulin production and secretion. From a preventative perspective Zinc aids in the prevention of cadmium and copper toxicity.

Sources Of Zinc

Zinc can be found in many different foods groups including:

  • Seafood – oysters, herring
  • Meats – beef, lamb, beef and pork liver
  • Nuts/seeds – sunflower, pumpkin
  • Dairy – cheese
  • Grains – wheat germ
  • Miscellaneous – brewer’s yeast, maple syrup, bone meal, gluten, tea

Functions Of Zinc

Circulatory – maintenance of artery walls

Respiratory
– removal of carbon dioxide and maintenance of acid-base balance

Digestive
– production of digestive enzymes, and normal liver function

Nervous
– essential for brain development and neurotransmitters

Special senses
– appetite regulation, smell and taste

Reproductive
– testes, ovaries, prostate, male fertility

Endocrine
– insulin and pituitary gonadotropin secretion

Blood
– red blood cells and blood proteins

Skeletal – bone integrity, prevention of osteoporosis

Skin
– required for normal integrity of hair, nails, and skin

Protective
– required for wound healing and integrity of the immune system

Metabolic
– normal carbohydrate and protein metabolism

Detoxification
– assists in removing toxic accumulation of cadmium and copper

Psychological
– powerful mood stabilizer and ‘sedative’ mineral

Symptoms Associated With A Zinc Deficiency

  • alcoholic cirrhosis
  • arteriosclerosis
  • cadmium toxicity
  • carbohydrate intolerance
  • copper toxicity
  • conditions due to birth defects
  • diabetes
  • emotional problems
  • failure to thrive
  • fatigue
  • hypoglycemia
  • hypothyroidism
  • impotence
  • lack of taste and smell
  • low appetite
  • nervousness
  • poor wound healing
  • prostate problems

Symptoms Associated With A Zinc Excess

  • anemia, iron deficiency
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Synergetic Nutrients

magnesium, vitamin A, D, E, B6, high-protein diet

Antagonistic Nutrients

Absorption – copper, cadmium, iron, chromium, manganese, selenium, phytic acid, vegetarian diets, soy, cereals, fiber in diet
Metabolic – copper, iron, cadmium

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Hair Analysis Notes

Zinc is considered a “masculine” mineral, because of its importance in the formation of male sexual hormones.

High Hair Zinc:

  • An elevated zinc level is commonly due to a loss of zinc from the body tissues. In these cases, zinc supplements will often be recommended.
  • Zinc levels may appear high to help compensate for copper toxicity. Thus high zinc can be a tipoff of a hidden copper toxicity.
  • Use of Head and Shoulders shampoo occasionally results in an elevated zinc reading.
  • Cadmium toxicity can cause a zinc reading to appear high.

Low Hair Zinc:

  • Zinc will often read low if the sodium/potassium ratio is less than 2.5:1. In this case, it is not always wise to give much zinc.
  • Zinc is commonly low in “fast” oxidizers.
  • Very low zinc levels are often associated with emotional instability and with problems of growth and development in children.
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