is among the most important of the trace elements in human nutrition. Zinc is
incorporated into an impressive list of biological systems. This is assisted by
the relative safety of this element, especially its lack of oxidant properties
(in contrast to iron and copper), that facilitates its transport within the
body and its metabolism in individual cells as
as its biological utilization.
immense amount of research on the role of zinc in the human body, has been
taking place over the last ten years.
know now that zinc has essential roles in many aspects of metabolism. The human
body on average contains no more than 3 grams of zinc, but this amount ensures
the proper functioning of more than 300 enzymes.
also has many structural roles in biological membranes and cell receptors (for
example, for hormones including testosterone).
of zinc’s vital roles in cell division, growth, differentiation, and for
several other reasons, zinc is especially important at times of the human life
cycle, for example early childhood, puberty and during the reproductive cycle.
is also needed by tissues that turnover rapidly such as the immune system and
bone marrow. A zinc deficiency will disturb the immune system and leave a
person susceptible to infections, diarrhea and parasitic infections.
status affects basic processes of cell division, growth and differentiation.
is estimated that a staggering 48% of the world’s population is at risk from
common causes of zinc deficiency are low dietary intake and low
are extracted in the first place from the soil by plants. They may be obtained
directly from eating these plants or from eating the meat of the animals that
ate the plants. They are frequently deficient in our modern diets. The primary
reasons are: declining mineral levels in natural foods, essential minerals are
refined out of food and our mineral needs are increasing.
sources of zinc are milk, cheese, oysters and red meat. But eating a lot of
these nutrients is usually accompanied with a high intake of saturated fats.
(something the health conscious person and athlete definitely wants to avoid!).
who eat sparingly to obtain or maintain a low body weight and an athletic
physique are especially at risk of not getting enough zinc.
being an anti-oxidant is the protector of our body’s resistance system. It
supports the effective absorption of all amino acids in a natural way.
supplementation of Zinc can lead to an increase in the resistance- and
recuperative power. Especially people with acne and/or eczema (young adults or
woman in their cycle period) may benefit from a daily intake of Zinc