How important is adequate zinc in your body?
Studies show that approximately 40 percent of elderly Americans have diets that are deficient in zinc. The elderly are the fastest growing population in the U.S. and are highly vulnerable to zinc deficiency, as they don’t consume enough of this nutrient and don’t absorb it very well.
In zinc deficiency, the risk of which has been shown to increase with age, the body’s ability to repair genetic damage is decreasing even as the amount of damage is going up. The combination of these two factors contributes strongly to the risk of cancer.
Improve all aspects of your health and well-being by making sure you get enough zinc in your diet. Many people know about zinc for its immune boosting properties, but this mineral is actually a wonder of health benefits.
Researchers write that “zinc is such a critical element in human health that
even a small deficiency is a disaster.”
Zinc is vitally important as every body tissue is involved in cell division. Zinc helps prevent cancer as an antioxidant and the maintenance of ideal hormone levels.
Zinc affects protein synthesis and is required for proper function of
red and white blood cells. It is highly concentrated in our bones, the
pancreas, kidneys, liver, and retina.
Zinc deficiency causes infertility and low sex drive. It also means without zinc your body is more prone to stress and ageing.
Additionally, adequate zinc is necessary for optimal physical performance, energy levels, and body composition. Zinc deficiency promotes cancer, senility; lack of immunity slow wound healing, poor eye health, increased chances of chronic inflammation, arthritis and heart disease.
Zinc deficiency is prevalent in areas where the population eats a large amount of cereal and grain proteins and occurs from not eating enough zinc-rich foods. Zinc can be in meat, seafood and dairy.
As a result vegetarians’ alcoholics, digestive problems with some will also deprive the body of zinc. Prescription medications often create a zinc deficiency. Women on birth control pills or on hormone replacement therapy generally experience zinc deficiency.
So what are the advantages of adequate zinc in your body?
1. Better reproductive health and fertility for male and female
2. Better cardio vascular health
3. Less chronic inflammation in the body –arthritis, diabetes
4. Helps prevent cancer and boosts immune system
5. Improved memory and helps detoxify the body of heavy metals and keep Alzheimer’s away
6. Boost brain function and helps with ADHD
7. Helps to control mood swings and depression
8. Works as an anti-oxidant
Finally, zinc intake exceeding 40 milligrams per day should be avoided because it interferes with other essential nutrients like iron and copper.
It can also increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI)