This essential mineral can be found throughout the entire body. The highest concentrations are found in the eyes, liver, bones, prostate and hair.
It performs a wide variety of functions from it's most important role in maintaining healthy reproduction and growth, to protecting our bodies from chemical damage. It also ensures our sensitivity to tastes and smell and our ability to see in the dark.
Despite it's essential role, the body has a minimal ability to store zinc. This is supply is used up quickly, making a continuous external supply necessary to maintain health.
How Zinc helps
Essential for reproduction, and healthy growth and development.
Helps protect the immune system.
Important in maintaining prostate gland function and health.
Needed for proper growth, and to maintain the health of hair, skin and nails.
Helps in the healing of wounds.
Helps maintain sensitivity to taste and smell.
Acts as a detoxifier. It protects the liver from chemical damage, helps prevent the absorption of lead and cadmium, and aids in the removal of excess carbon dioxide from the body.
Symptoms of deficiency may include:
Poor wound healing, loss of appetite, loss of taste and smell, night blindness, white spots on nails, skin rashes, poor growth, frequent infections, fatigue, mental disturbances, delayed puberty and male infertility.
Meats, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, whole grains, brewers yeast, lima beans, peas, carrots, nuts, seeds and soy.
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