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The Importance of Zinc for Your Health

Essential For Health

You may currently take zinc when you have a cold or flu. However, did you know that your cells need zinc on a daily basis? The adult body contains approximately 2.0 to 3.0 g of zinc, mostly stored inside your cells. Zinc has far reaching actions which affect the health of your whole body.

Are Your Zinc Levels Low?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, your zinc levels may be low:

  • Recurrent colds, flus and/or infections;
  • Poor appetite,
  • reduced sense of taste and/or smell;
  • Sluggish digestion;
  • Slow healing, acne and other skin conditions;
  • Infertility;
  • Sugar cravings; and/or Stress, anxiety, and depression.

The Low ­Down on Zinc Deficiency

Many people are deficient in zinc. Inadequate dietary intake, increased physiological needs, or a diet high in sugar or alcohol and profuse sweating are common causes of zinc deficiency.

Nourishing Your Body from A to Zinc

Zinc protects your cells from free radical damage, providing antioxidant defence. Zinc’s actions include supporting healthy immunity, and improving appetite and digestive function. Its ability to increase the healing rate of acne and wounds makes it indispensable for skin health. Zinc also plays a key role in blood sugar metabolism, for greater blood sugar control. Zinc aids growth and development, and is an important nutrient during pregnancy for both mother and baby.

Zinc is also important for male health, fertility and sperm production, increasing sperm motility and concentration, therefore enhancing the chances of conception.

Zinc is found in high concentrations in the hippocampus area of the brain which controls thought and memory. Recent research has shown zinc to be good for the brain, reducing stress and having a positive impact on mental function and mood.

You Don’t Just Have to Eat Oysters!

You can top up your zinc levels by increasing the intake of zinc ­rich foods:

Oysters are a rich source of zinc, but if you are not a fan; beef, pork, chicken and lamb all contain zinc. Non ­animal sources include nuts, whole grains, legumes, yeast and ginger.

Choose the right zinc For Greater Absorption

If you need more zinc, talk to your Practitioner about taking the highly absorbable zinc bisglycinate. With its enhanced cellular uptake, it increases the availability of zinc to your body. it is less likely to interact with other minerals, including copper, calcium and iron. The more zinc your body can absorb, the greater benefits it will deliver in improving your health.

Cindi Young is a leading Gold Coast Naturopath with over 20 years experience helping people live happier, healthier lives with a special interest in digestive health and hormone imbalances.

Available by appointment at The Cycle of Life, Gold Coast and The Centre for Mind, Body, Wellness in Mullumbimby, NSW and online appointments Australia wide. Cindi regularly runs workshops in her Gold Coast clinic as well as regular webinars.

Book your session with Cindi to get started.