The Value of Zinc

Zinc may be the last entry on an alphabetical list of minerals, but it could be number one when you consider how critical it is to men’s health. Clue number one: the prostate gland comprises a large concentration of this mineral, and nature didn’t put it there for no reason. Clue number two: zinc has an impact on testosterone levels, and we all know how essential that is! We have several more benefits of zinc for indidviuals explore, but before we get to them, it’s worth understanding out some basics about zinc.

What Is Zinc?
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is necessary for all cells. Prostate cells, however, garner more zinc than cells everywhere else in the body. In addition to the prostate, zinc is found in high concentrations in bone, eyes, kidney,muscles, liver, and pancreas.

The suppliement promotes better brain health. Signficant concentrations of zinc are located in the hippocampus, which is a center for memory and learning in the brain. A team of scientists from MIT and Duke University analyzed neurons in this area of the brain and found evidence of how zinc is critical for a process termed long-term potentiation, which is important for memory and learning.

A deficiency of zinc, which is a potent antioxidant, seems to increase the ability of viruses, bacteria,, toxins, and other deteremental agents to cross the blood-brain barrier. Sufficient zinc, however, is thought to provide a shield against such an invasion, according to research from the Linus Pauling Institute. Healthy zinc levels also may assist to protect against serious brain diseases such as schizophrenia, Pick’s disease, Wilson’s disease, and epileptic seizures, as well as alcoholism.

Zinc is an active participant in many functions and responses in the body, incorporating immune system function, synthesis of DNA and protein, cell metabolism, wound healing, cell division, proper sense of smell and taste, and proper growth. It also helps stimulate about 100 different enzymes
In small amounts (RDA for adults 8 to 11 mg / day) is zinc, a mineral (or trace element), for numerous metabolic processes required. Food sources are oysters, beef and enriched grain products.

(See also nutritional supplements Overview.) In small amounts (RDA for adults 8 to 11 mg / day) is zinc, a mineral (or trace element), required for many metabolic processes. Food sources are oysters, beef and enriched grain products. Allegations of zinc was assumed that it reduces cold symptoms, infants helps to improve from infectious diseases and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Documents Some doctors believe by zinc, the duration of a cold could be shortened, if zinc gluconate or zinc acetate with lozenges were applied immediately after the first symptoms (1). A Cochrane review of 2013, 16 treatment studies (1,387 participants) and 2 preventive studies (394 participants) showed that zinc reduces the duration (in days), but not the severity of the common cold symptoms (1). Although the proportion of participants with symptoms after 7 days of treatment was significantly smaller than that in the control groups, adverse effects, such as bad taste and nausea were higher in the zinc group and should be considered (1). is well documented that can reduce the once-weekly supplementation of 20 mg of zinc and 20 mg of iron if added in the first 12 months of life, the infant mortality rate (to diarrhea and respiratory infections) in developing countries (2).

There is also evidence that a moderate to severe altersatrophische maculopathy (sicca form) progresses more slowly in elderly patients when they once daily supplement containing 40 to 80 mg of zinc and antioxidants (vitamins C and E and lutein / zeaxanthin) take (3 -4). Side effects zinc is generally safe to use, but can in high doses toxic effect (Zinkintoxikation). The most prevalaent side effects of zinc lozenges as include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth irritation, sores in the mouth and bad taste. Since zinc is a trace element, it can remove other necessary metals from the body. Therefore, the dose of zinc lozenges 75 mg should not exceed (total dose regardless of the frequency of dosing) a day for 14 days. Zinc sprays may cause irritation in the nose and throat. Notes on zinc Singh M, Das RR. Zinc for the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 6: CD001364, 2013. Baqui AH, Zaman K, Persson LA, et al. Simultaneous weekly supplementation of iron and zinc is linked with lower morbidity due to diarrhea and acute lower respiratory infection in Bangladeshi infants. J Nutr 133 (12): 4150-4157, 2003. Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. A randomized, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of high-dose supplements with vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and zinc for age-related macular degeneration and vision loss. AREDS Report No. 8. Arch Ophthalmol 119 (10): 1417-1436, 2001. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Research Group, Chew EY, Clemons TE, et al. Secondary analyzes of the effects of lutein / zeaxanthin on age-related macular degeneration progression: AREDS2 report No. 3. JAMA Ophthalmol 132 (2): 142-149,, 2014.

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