Zinc is Essential for Life.
Zinc is one of nature’s most vital, essential elements. Humans, animals, plants and even the smallest micro-organisms need zinc to function. There is no life without zinc.
Zinc is in all parts of our body; it is in our organs, tissues, bones, fluids, and cells. Because zinc is used to generate cells, it is especially important during pregnancy, for the growing fetus whose cells are rapidly dividing.
And zinc is vital in activating growth (height, weight and bone development) in infants, children, and teenagers.
Why is Zinc Vital to Health?
Among all the vitamins and minerals, zinc shows the greatest effect on our immune system. Zinc helps fight infections and can even reduce the duration and severity of the common cold.
Zinc also enhances memory and thinking by interacting with other chemicals to send messages to the sensory brain center. Zinc can also reduce fatigue and mood swings. Zinc is vital for taste and smell; it is needed for the renewal of skin cells; and it helps keep our hair and nails healthy.
Where Do We Get Zinc?
Primarily, we get zinc from our food – especially meat, poultry, fish and seafood, whole cereals and dairy products. A balanced diet is the best way to provide your body with zinc. A zinc supplement or a daily multi-vitamin supplement may be taken if your nutritional zinc intake is insufficient.*
*Large doses of zinc should not be taken over a prolonged period without your physician’s direction.
How Much Zinc Do We Need?
Recommended daily intakes are 5 mg for infants, 10 mg for children, 12 mg for women, and 15 mg for men. Pregnant women and lactating mothers require more zinc to ensure optimal development of the fetus and newborn baby.
What if We Don’t Get Enough Zinc?
Zinc deficiency is a major global health problem. Lack of zinc rank’s as the 5th leading risk factor in causing disease, especially diarrhea and pneumonia in children, which can lead to high mortality rates.
Zinc supplementation and fortification programs could help overcome these problems as well as help growth among stunted children, another phenomenon associated with severe zinc deficiency.
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