Zinc: Zinc Supplement
What is Zinc?
Zinc is one of the most important trace minerals in our body. Zinc helps to protect our immune system, heal our wounds, and regulate more than 200 enzyme processes in our body.
Zinc also helps in appetite control, maintaining the body's acid/alkaline balance, aiding in muscle contractions, and keeping hair and skin healthy.
A single serving of oysters each day is all it takes to keep enough Zinc in our diet, but since most of us aren't about to do that, a Zinc supplement is a viable option.
How does Zinc work?
Zinc contributes to normal growth and body health and supports and improves the body's defense system. In particular, we need Zinc for our immune system to function properly. Zinc also has a role as an antioxidant and helps to defend our body from free radicals, which attack and damage our cells. Zinc also works with vitamin C and copper to produce collagen, as well as aids vitamin A in maintaining cell structure. Zinc also plays a role in more than 20 other bodily reactions.
How do I make the most out of a zinc supplement?
Good dietary sources of zinc include high protein sources such as oysters, as well as most meats and fish, dairy foods, peanuts and peanut butter, as well as legumes. The ability to absorb zinc is greater in a diet that includes animal proteins, so strict vegetarians, or people on low-protein diets, may have trouble ingesting enough zinc. If this describes you, then you might consider a zinc supplement.
Take Vitamin A, calcium and phosphorus at the same time as your Zinc supplement for best results. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Zinc is 12 mg each day for women and 15 mg each day for men.
Higher levels of zinc are recommended for children and pregnant women, so if you're considering a zinc supplement, be sure to take the amount recommended for your age, condition, and gender.
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