Zinc is a very important trace mineral essential for almost all the biological activities of human body. Half of the mineral in the human body is found in muscles. The rest is distributed throughout the body.
Zinc metalloenzymes are an important and predominant group of cellular and intracellular enzyme systems. This trace mineral is an essential component is gene transcription process with many uses in regulation of cellular growth, gene expression and cellular differentiation.
Zinc sources, for easy identity and comparison, can be categorized as red meats, shellfish, poultry, fish, nuts and seeds, fortified cereals and leafy vegetables. Regular meat-eaters usually have their daily zinc requirements fulfilled.
Childhood diarrhea (pediatric diarrhea) is the major cause of morbidity, undernourishment and mortality in newborns, infants, toddlers and children in developing countries. WHO (World Health Organisation) estimated that more than 1.87 million children below the age of five years died in the year...
Many research studies have documented that zinc has a pivotal role in the function in immune system of human body. It has been found to increase the infection resistance in human body. Its deficiency has been associated with recurrent episodes of diarrhea in children.
The symptoms of zinc deficiency vary widely among individuals. Zinc insufficiency manifest with multifarious indications based on the level of shortfall, food habits, gender of the patient, age group, general health status and presence of other diseases.
Excess zinc and overdose levels have adverse and serious effects on our health. From food sources, people can rarely reach overdose levels. However intake of supplements in excess and use of zinc products can be harmful, leading to copper deficiency and resultant neurological damage.