In a nutshell
Many people think of zinc (Zn) as those lozenges that fix zinc deficiency symptoms or head off the worst symptoms of a cold, but this mineral is much more than that. Indeed, it is necessary for proper body functioning.
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Zinc helps the body absorb vitamins and influences their actions, especially when it comes to the B complex vitamins. It is a part of a huge number of proteins, called metalloproteins. Zn helps with metabolism and digestion. Zinc is part of the hormone insulin. This mineral helps the body synthesize nucleic acid and may even be necessary for synthesizing DNA itself. Nucleic acids are building blocks of the DNA, while DNA is the molecular blueprint of the body. Other zinc benefits are proper growth and reproduction. Zinc is essential for men's fertility. Zn takes part in healing wounds and burns. Brain health depends on Zn. Zinc affects many hormones synthesis- it makes this mineral essential for the endocrine system. Zinc is essential for enzymes of a hair follicle. It means that a lack of Zn causes hair loss.
The relatively high concentration of zinc is found in the prostate and the eyes. Zinc mainly found in the brain, the liver, the kidneys, the bones, the pancreas, and the voluntary muscles. Sperm, skin, hair, and nails also contain Zn. It's also found in the white blood cells that make up part of the body's immune system.
Loss of hair can be a sign of zinc deficiency.
Zinc deficiency causes low testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction.
Zinc deficiency can be caused by alcohol consumption because alcohol flushes zinc out of the body. Ingesting cadmium, which is poisonous, can lead to zinc deficiency because the body will store cadmium instead of zinc.
Recommended Daily Intake
• Women : 8 mg;
• Pregnant and nursing women: 11- 12 mg.
• The daily upper intake limit for zinc is 40 mg for adults.
Sources of zinc
• Wheat germ(100g) - 12.3 mg;
• Poppy seed, dried (100g) - 7.9 mg;
• Sunflower seeds (100g) -5.0 mg;