Zinc is essential for the maintenance of immune system strength and glandular health. It can be rapidly depleted when the body is fighting an illness. Zinc is the tenth most abundant element in the human body. Zinc is found in all organs, tissues and cells, and is involved in the function and activation of over 200 enzymes. Enzymes are the unique cellular protein compounds that make the human body function properly.
Zinc promotes immune system health by activating the production of white blood cells. These white blood cells form the basis of the immune system and destroy both damaged cells and invaders when antibodies recognize a specific antigen or foreign pathogen, such as a virus or unfriendly bacteria.
Zinc activates the production of numerous hormones necessary for growth and development. Like enzymes, hormones are proteins essential to the body's health. These proteins are produced in specific organs in the body, passed into the bloodstream and carried to distant cells and organs to stimulate the functioning of that organ.
Supplementing with zinc in all stages of life helps to support a healthy endocrine system, including the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal, pancreas and reproductive glands.
Excessive exposure to heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium and lead), alcohol, tobacco, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides depletes the body’s zinc stores. Zinc deficiencies may also result from excess stress.
Supplementing with Zinc:
- Can help with combating occasional stress
- Can help with regulating appetite
- Can enhance the senses of taste and smell
- Helps in dealing with the effects of heavy metal exposure
- Helps to support healthy immune and endocrine systems
- Supports healthy skin and hair
- Accelerates healing from temporary skin damage
- Helps to maintain prostate, liver, kidney, adrenal, and gastrointestinal health
- Promotes growth rate and mental development in healthy infants
- Can provide nutritional support for healthy individuals recovering from surgery
- Helps with eliminating body odor
It is always better to have a hair analysis done before dosing with high levels of zinc.
Food High in Zinc:
Oyster, beef, crab, lobster, pork chop, chicken, yogurt, cashews, chickpeas, Swiss cheese, oatmeal, milk, and almonds.
Obtaining the needed minerals via the food we eat is a chronic problem today. This is primarily due to our deficient soils and over processing and over cooking of our foods. Drinking ultra-purified water can also strip our body of these essential minerals. It is important to be aware of the fact that reverse osmosis and distilled water will actually act in reverse of what nature intended our water to do. Instead of being a mineral delivery system, the minerals are taken out of the water and this puts additional stress on the body tissue to compensate for the lack of minerals in the water. The minerals must then be taken from our healthy reserves in bone and muscle, thus leaving our system deficient and vulnerable. Replacement is essential!
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