Health Learning Annex



What is One of the Most Essential Elements … Vital to Our Health?

Surprisingly it is zinc. Zinc is one of nature’s most vital, essential elements. Humans, animals, plants and even the smallest micro-organisms need zinc to function (this accordion-style brochure is also available in other languages on request).

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Zinc for Better Health

During the first half of the 20th century, researchers discovered that zinc is essential for the normal growth and survival of plants and animals. Despite these observations, many nutritionists doubted that zinc deficiency occurred in humans because zinc is naturally present throughout the environment and obvious clinical signs of deficiency were not apparent. Today, however, zinc deficiency is recognized as an important and widespread risk to human health.

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Zinc and Immune Function

The importance of zinc for health. by Susanna Cunningham-Rundles, Cornell University, U.S.A. The critical nature of zinc interaction with T cells in the development of defense against potential pathogens continues to be at the cutting edge of current research on how nutrients affect immune response. These studies show that zinc is essential for human immune function.

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