Zinc is a trace mineral that is so important. This special mineral must be consumed each day as there is no particular ‘storage system’ for it in the body. Unfortunately, there is virtually no zinc in Australian soils as it has been removed with high use of super-phosphate fertilisers.
Zinc has a number of health benefits that includes the following:
- Immune Support—zinc helps activate immune cells in the body. Having low zinc levels may make you more susceptable to the pathogens that make us sick.
- Diarrhoea Prevention—zinc may help treat and prevent mild diarrhoea in individuals. It is assumed that this is due to the infection-fighting nature of zinc in the body.
- Learning and Memory Support—research that has been conducted in America states that zinc plays an important role in regulating how neurons communicate with one another. This in turn affects how memories are formed and how we learn.
- Hormone Balancing—zinc plays an important role in hormone production, including increasing testosterone naturally. Zinc may also help female sex hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) and is also involved in both the creation and release of eggs.
- Cardiovascular Health—zinc is required to help maintain the health of cells in the cardiovascular system, while also lowering inflammation and oxidative stress. Zinc helps maintain heart health by supporting healthy circulation and cholesterol levels.
- Liver Health—zinc can help with a liver cleanse to reduce inflammation in the liver, reduces free radical damage, helps with nutrient absorption and allows for proper waste elimination.
- Muscle Growth and Repair—zinc plays a crucial role in both cell division and growth. This means that zinc helps repair and grow muscle by making the body able to heal itself and maintain strength in the muscular and skeletal systems.
It is important to ensure you have the recommended daily intake of zinc to support your body during the year, especially during cold and flu season.