Zinc aids in the proper assimilation of vitamins. It is important in the following: normal growth and development, maintenance of body tissues, sexual function, immune system, chemical detoxification, synthesis of DNA, and helps reduce healing time (before and after surgery).
A deficiency of Zinc can lead to a variety of degenerative diseases and illnesses. Zinc deficiency is common due to depletion of our soil and losses associated with food processing. Zinc aids in the proper assimilation of vitamins. It is important in the following: normal growth & development, maintenance of body tissues, sexual function, immune system, chemical detoxification, synthesis of DNA, and helps reduce healing time (before & after surgery). Zinc is an anti-oxidant and must be in proper balance to assist some 25 enzymes in various functions involving digestion, metabolism and reproduction.
In the 1800’s surgeons used zinc as an antiseptic/antibiotic after surgery and it was noted for its healing properties. Lack of zinc in pregnant women can result in numerous birth defects such as; Down’s Syndrome, cleft lip, spina bifida, clubbed limbs, hiatal hernia, and umbilical hernias. Zinc is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and is found in all the body fluids, including the moisture in the eyes, lungs, nose, urine and saliva.
Because zinc moves through all the fluids in the body, it creates a defense against infection-causing bacteria and viruses trying to enter the body and stops bacterial and viral replication. Zinc is stored in the thyroid, pancreas, liver, kidneys, bones, voluntary muscles, prostate, sperm, skin, hair, nails, white blood corpuscles and parts of the eyes.
Symptoms of Zinc Deficiency
Anorexia & Bulimia
Free radical damage
Loss of smell & taste
Urinary tract infections
Food Sources of Zinc
chicken, dark meat