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The Importance of Zinc

Filed Under: Supplements at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Minerals are essential for the proper functioning of the human body. Most multivitamins available in the market today contain adequate amount of minerals along with vitamins and sometimes whole foods and herbs.

However, when checking for mineral supplementation only, people tend to focus more on calcium, magnesium and iron and often forget to check on another important mineral: zinc.

Zinc is an essential mineral responsible for important functions in the human body. Zinc maintains fertility in adults and growth in children but it can also boost immunity, synthesize protein, generate cell production, and repair wounds, among other functions. The recommended daily allowance of zinc is 15mg, with higher amounts suggested during pregnancy and lactation.

A recent study shows that zinc supplements are one of the best ways to build up and support the immune system. A variety of natural supplements for immune support offer high amounts of zinc combined with natural immunity boosters, such as Echinacea, elderberry, and other herbal ingredients. If you do not wish to take supplements but need to increase your zinc intake, good sources of zinc include oysters, eggs, seafood, meat, beans, nuts, whole grains and seeds.

Additionally, zinc is often used externally to improve and maintain skin condition. A common ingredient in several personal care products, zinc deficiency can cause skin problems such as dry, cracked skin, and acne. Taking supplements may significantly decrease the number of pimples that occur on the face and other parts of the body.

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