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Mineral of the Week: Zinc

Filed Under: Vitamins and Minerals at 8:59 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
OystersZinc is an essential mineral responsible for important functions in the human body, maintaining fertility in adults and growth in children. Zinc can also synthesize protein, generate cell production, boost immunity and repair wounds, among other functions.

Good sources of zinc include oysters, eggs, seafood, meat, beans, nuts, whole grains and seeds.

Zinc has been used to build up and support the immune system. Many products offer high amounts of zinc combined with natural immunity boosters, such as echinacea and elderberry.

However, zinc may also help with another important issue, especially for teenagers: acne. A deficiency of zinc can cause skin problems and taking supplements may significantly decrease the number of pimples that occur on the face.

Zinc makes wounds heal faster and supports maintenance of body tissues. It may be taken internally, tablets or liquid, as well as topically, creams, gels or lotions.

Another recent study has proved that zinc may reduce diarrhea in children. Children who received zinc had a significantly shorter duration of diarrhea, and stool frequency declined after supplementation by an average of 18%.

The recommended daily allowance of zinc is 15mg, with higher amounts suggested during pregnancy and lactation.

In conclusion, whether you are looking to build up your immune system or to get rid of that annoying cold, zinc may be the next supplement on your list. It’s also a very efficient product for skin care, fighting acne and promoting healthy and beautiful skin.

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One Response to “Mineral of the Week: Zinc”

  1. jones says:

    Nice post. I take zinc every day.

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