Name: Zinc


General Description:

Zinc is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in all human cells. The body contains approximately 2 grams of zinc, with 60% found in skeletal muscle and 30% found in bones.

Good food sources of zinc include meat, liver, eggs and seafood, as well as miso, tofu, mushrooms and green beans. Zinc is also found in nuts, whole grains and seeds, though due to the phytate content of these foods it is difficult for the body to absorb.


Functions and General Science:

Zinc plays an important role in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.  It is also important for the creation of the protein, and involved in vitamin transport around the body.  Without zinc vitamin A deficiency is more likely.

Other functions of zinc include the transmission of nerve impulses, immune function, reproductive health, wound healing as well as taste and smell.

Zinc is absorbed in the small intestine. It is influenced by a number of factors, including the phytates and calcium.  Foods with a high phytate content such as whole grains, nuts and seeds significantly reduce zinc absorption. Additionally, calcium also impacts zinc absorption. 



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Disclaimer:

The information provided in reference to this ingredient is general in nature and provided as information only. Any product specific therapeutic claims for this ingredient are linked to specific dosage requirements based on evidence of traditional or scientific nature.