Zinc is an essential trace mineral, which is second only to iron as the most plentiful trace element in the body.
There is evidence that the average American diet is low in zinc.
Zinc is an essential trace mineral, which is second only to iron as the most plentiful trace element in the body. It aids in the absorption of B vitamins, it is a constituent of at least 25 enzyme systems
Zinc helps your kidneys by maintaining acid balance, and your pancreas by helping to make pancreatic enzymes.
Zinc enhances the sense of taste and smell. It is vital to healthy skin, hair, and nail maintenance.
Zinc is important to the immune system. It supports the thymus gland and white blood cells homeostasis. It is supportive to bone structure.
Zinc may kill some viruses on contact. It participates in antioxidant enzyme systems in the eyes, helping to prevent and slow the progression of macular degeneration.
Smoking and chronic diarrhea can contribute to zinc depletion.
Calcium naturally decreases zincs bioavailability in the diet. With more people supplementing their diets with calcium, the need to provide this highly bioavailable form of zinc is well warranted.
Foods high in zinc are liver, beef, lamb, cheese, oysters, herring, sunflower seeds, wheat germ and bran.