Zinc supplements

Posted by Admin | 9/27/2011 | 0 comments »

Zinc is necessary to every cell of the body. Among other things, this abundant trace mineral is responsible for over 100 enzymatic activities, including every major physiological function reliant upon enzyme reactions. For instance, Zinc is necessary for carbon dioxide (Co2) exchange between cells. When zinc levels are depleted, Co2 exchange is slowed, possibly leading to a toxic buildup within the body. Although, next to iron, zinc is the most available trace mineral in the body, the body itself cannot produce this nutrient. The only way to obtain zinc, which is primarily stored in the muscles, is through diet. Zinc is also found in high concentrations in both red and white blood cells, bones, kidneys, liver, pancreas, skin and in the retina of the eye. In males, zinc can also be found in the prostate gland. Zinc plays a key role in protein synthesis and DNA/RNA metabolism, and as such, is essential for cell growth and in the production of connective tissue. This trace mineral is also very important to the immune system, acting as an antioxidant protecting the cells from free radical damage caused by DNA oxidation and environmental pollutants. Research also suggests that zinc supports the thymus gland, enhancing its ability to produce white blood cells called T-lymphocytes that fight infection and disease. Zinc has also been said to help with autoimmune diseases such as lupus, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, all of which are linked to suppressed immune function. This is why taking zinc supplements from Biotics Research and Jarrow Formulas is important.

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