January 1, 2018
Zinc: Second on my list of imprortant minerals.
A mineral involved in over 100 enzymatic reactions in the body! It is necessary in adequate levels for cellular metabolism.
It is critical for the function of our immune system, our skin and our gut lining. These systems are so important to everyday health.
At the cellular level zinc is necessary for protein synthesis, DNA synthesis and cellular repair in wound healing.
Zinc is primarily found in the brain, muscles, bones, kidney, liver and prostate. It is yolked to copper in serum concentrations. Low zinc is associated with elevated copper and this is associated with neurological abnormalities.
Deficiency of zinc occurs with a disease known as Acrodermatitis Enteropathica and also inadequate dietary zinc intake. Deficiency can lead to severe diarrhea, severe immune dysfunction, rashes, depression and growth failure.
Some common symptoms and diseases related to insufficient zinc include: recurrent infections, chronic mild diarrhea and diaper rashes that do not resolve, macular degeneration, worsening atopic diseases like eczema and asthma.
Food sources of zinc: Oysters are the bounty with 74mg per serving. Meats, fish, beans, nuts, pumpkin seeds and dairy contain 7 mg or less per serving.
Zinc supplements can interact with certain antibiotics and diuretics. Ask your pharmacist about interactions if you are taking a zinc supplement and are prescribed one of these medicines.
Take home point: if you have chronic diarrhea or get sick frequently, you may be low in zinc. Load up the meats, fish, beans, nuts and dairy.