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 through out the body.
It functions as co factor in more than hundred enzymes in our body.
This mineral is essential in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Protein synthesis process depends on zinc.
This mineral is essential for vitamin A metabolism.
Zinc has a big role to play in the healing of internal and external wounds.
Its supplementation in the post operative care is being emphasized now.
It maintains the nucleic acids like DNA and RNA.
Prostaglandin production and thyroid function depend on the availability of this mineral.
Thymus hormone contains this trace nutrient.
This hormone helps in the production and maturation of lymphocytes required for fighting infection.
Zinc has a profound effect on the reproductive system of men, organizing the hormone activity.
This mineral boosts the nervous system and the brain function, increasing memory and learning skills.
Zinc enhances the sensory system, improving appetite by improving the senses of smell, and taste.
Its deficiency affects almost all the systems in the body.
The effect may be devastating.
Zinc is available in many natural foods sources, like, whole grains, yeast, egg, nuts, seeds sea food, meat and oysters.
it can be supplemented in chronic deficiencies following certain aspects of its absorption.
Zinc should not be taken along with calcium, magnesium and iron as these affect one another’s absorption.
Milk and food very rich in proteins are found to affect zinc absorption.
Supplement must be split into smaller doses for better absorption.
Excess of zinc can be toxic, and cholesterol management may be affected along with gastrointestinal disturbances.

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