Zinc is a nutrient that plays a vital role in the body. Given that our bodies don’t naturally produce it, we need to obtain it through food and/or supplements.
What Is Zinc?
Zinc is required for numerous processes in our bodies, including:
- Gene expression
- Enzymatic reactions
- Immune function
- Protein synthesis
- DNA synthesis
- Wound healing
- Growth and development
It’s the second-most-abundant trace mineral in the body - second only to Iron - and it’s present (or should be) in every cell. It fuels the activity of over 300 enzymes that aid in metabolism, digestion, nerve function and many other processes. It’s also critical for the development and function of immune cells and plays a fundamental role in skin health, DNA synthesis and protein production.
The Benefits of Zinc:
Zinc boosts the immune system by promoting immune cell function, cell signalling
and the moderation of oxidative stress.
It also accelerates wound healing and is an effective treatment for burns, certain ulcers and other skin injuries as it plays a critical role in collagen synthesis, immune function and inflammatory responses.
Zinc can also significantly reduce the risk of age-related diseases, such as pneumonia, infection and macular degeneration. It relieves oxidative stress and improves immune response by boosting the activity of T-cells and natural killer cells that help protect the body from infection.
This magical mineral is also an effective treatment for those who suffer from Acne, which is driven by the obstruction of oil-producing glands, bacteria and inflammation. Topical and oral zinc compounds treat acne by reducing inflammation, inhibiting the growth of P. acnes (Propionibacterium acnes) bacteria and suppressing oily gland activity.
Am I Zapped of Zinc?
Symptoms of severe zinc deficiency include impaired growth and development, delayed sexual maturity, skin rashes, chronic diarrhoea, impaired wound healing and many behavioural conditions.
Mild forms of zinc deficiency are common – in fact, it’s estimated that around 2 billion people worldwide are deficient.
Most at risk are:
- Those with gastrointestinal diseases like Crohn’s disease;
- Vegetarians and vegans;
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women;
- Those with sickle cell anaemia; and
- Those with kidney disease.
Symptoms of mild zinc deficiency include diarrhoea, compromised immunity, thinning hair, decreased appetite, mood disturbances, dry skin, fertility issues and impaired wound healing.
Zinc is needed for DNA synthesis, immune function, metabolism and growth. It reduces inflammation and the risk of some age-related diseases.
Elixir compounds Zinc in both capsule and liquid form in dosages that address individuals requirements. So if you’re Zinc zeroed, contact Elixir and get it zorted!