ARE YOU DEFICIENT IN ZINC?

April 24, 2019

RESEARCH FINDINGS
Common symptoms of zinc deficiency include;

suppressed immunity, frequent colds or infections, white spots on your finger nails Infertility, especially male factor infertility, acid reflux, Indigestion or heartburn, depression anxiety, hair loss, diarrhea, acne


Athletes with consistently high sweat outputs or who engage in prolonged activity have an increased requirement for zinc, as do those individuals who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. Both of these groups should consider supplementation to ensure adequate zinc intake.

Having an adequate level of zinc is necessary to assure the immune system functions optimally. Zinc is an important part of the body’s process that activates white blood cells – called T-lymphocytes (T-cells) – that control the body’s response to inflammation. In addition, zinc is an essential co-factor in regulating the nervous system because its presence is essential in the production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that supports restful sleep, helps put the brakes on stress, and promotes a focused state of mind.

 

The prostate gland in men contains the highest amount of zinc of any soft tissue. Adequate zinc levels support prostate health and the body's normal production of testosterone.  It should be noted that the hormone testosterone is essential for promoting lean muscle mass.

Because we are not able to generally access soils naturally nutrient rich, toxic chemical exposure is unavoidable, our stress levels as a culture, tend to be higher than ever. we recommend a daily intake of high quality nutrients - multi mineral and multi vitamin - with added anti-aging co-factors from a reputable brand such as Thorne Research prescription nutrients -is key from an early age for optimal brain function and health of the entire body - an important contributing factor in real life health 'insurance'. 

 

References
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