How it can help
■ Important for prostate gland function.
■ Needed in production of enzymes, hormones, DNA and RNA
and proteins, and plays a role in fetal development, sperm
production and wound healing.
■ Helps keep the immune system healthy and helps maintain the
senses of taste and smell.
■ Helps promote a healthy immune system.
■ A major component in the healing of wounds.
■ Can help prevent acne.
■ Protects the liver from chemical damage
■ Sufficient intake needed for proper concentration of vitamin E
in the blood.
Where zinc can be found
Brewers yeast, egg yolks, fish, kelp, lamb, legumes, lima beans, liver, meats, mushrooms pecans, oysters, poultry, sardines, seafood, soy, lecithin and whole grains.
What are the signs of deficiency?
A loss of the senses of taste and smell. Fingernails can become thin, peel and develop white spots.
■ Zinc levels may be lowered by diarrhea, kidney disease, cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, or the consumption of fibre which can cause zinc to be excreted through the intestinal tract.
■ A significant amount of zinc can be lost through perspiration. The consumption of hard water can also affect zinc levels.
■ If you take both zinc and iron supplements, you should take them at different times because they interfere with each other’s activities.