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Why you need it?
An essential trace mineral which is needed in greater amounts than any other trace mineral except Iron. Zinc is a component of more than 300 enzymes that are needed to repair wounds, maintain fertility, synthesise protein, help cells reproduce, preserve vision, boost immunity and protect against free radicals, among other functions. Zinc is also essential for insulin function, vision, taste perception and provides protection against heavy metal toxicity, such as cadmium and lead as well as copper toxicity as in Wilson's disease.
Loss of appetite and impaired sense of taste. In children, it may lead to poor growth and in severe cases, to delayed sexual development and dwarfism.
Good Food Sources:
Oysters, meat, eggs, seafood, black-eyed peas, tofu, wheat germ.
Beneficial For :
- Repair wounds, maintain fertility, synthesize protein, help cells reproduce, preserve vision, boost immunity and protect against free radicals
- Insulin function, vision, taste perception
GRAS - Generally recognised as safe. No adverse reactions, side effects or overdose symptoms expected when taken within the recommended amounts.
Zinc intake in excess of 300 mg per day may impair immune function. Some people report that zinc lozenges lead to mild problems, such as stomachache, nausea, mouth irritation, and a 'bad' taste.Zinc inhibits copper absorption, which can lead to anaemia and lower levels of HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol). Copper intake should be increased if zinc supplementation continues for more than two months (except for individuals with Wilson's disease).
Zinc competes for absorption with iron, calcium and magnesium. A multi-mineral supplement will prevent mineral imbalances that can result from taking high doses of zinc for extended periods of time.
N-acetyl cysteine, or NAC may increase urinary excretion of zinc. Long-term users of NAC may consider adding supplements of zinc and copper.
No adverse effects have been reported as a result of taking Zinc supplements during pregnancy or lactation.
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