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Zinc is so important to your body that it is part of every cell in the body. It is estimated that zinc is part of at least 3,000 proteins and about 200 enzymes.
Pregnant women and lactating women need to work with their medical professionals to ensure they have enough zinc in their diets because the zinc helps prevent premature delivery, low birth weights, neuropsychological development and growth retardation.
Men need to pay attention to their zinc levels if they are interested in their sexual health. Sperm formation, sperm motility and the male hormone metabolism are all affected by your zinc levels.
Teenagers that wish to help prevent acne rather than treating it should ensure they are getting an adequate supply of dietary zinc.
Zinc is especially important for anyone with wounds or burns because it helps the skin heal and it helps strengthen the immune system.
Your immune system helps fight many diseases and illnesses including the common cold. Zinc lozenges have proven effective in killing several of the viruses associated with the common cold. This shows that a healthy immune system requires zinc and zinc lozenges may help shorten the duration of and colds you may catch. A healthy immune system with an adequate zinc level may also delay the onset of influenza.
A zinc deficiency may show itself with symptoms ranging from lack of taste, loss of appetite, prolonged wound healing, slow growth, night blindness, skin lesions, diarrhea, reduced sense of smell, memory loss and hair loss. An extreme deficiency of zinc could help bring about the eating disorder anorexia nervosa because of the loss of appetite and loss of taste. Some of the problems that may develop because of a zinc deficiency may result in death if left untreated.
In addition to pregnant and lactating women, children and seniors are susceptible to zinc deficiencies.
Shellfish, most animal proteins such as red meat, legumes, almonds, nuts, whole grains, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are all sources of zinc.Disclosure of Material Connection
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