​A to Zinc

Zinc is known as an essential trace element because very small amounts of it are required for human health. Our bodies need Zinc to function normally; therefore, being deficient in this mineral can lead to a number of issues including growth retardation, low blood pressure, depression, weight loss and diarrhea, among others.
 
The pancreas, salivary gland and prostate gland secrete Zinc; however, it gets used up in the metabolic process and needs to be replenished often. The best food sources for Zinc are beef, seafood and lamb. Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cashews and lentils also offer a healthy dose of this essential mineral.
 
One of Zinc’s most important functions is to stimulate white blood cell function. White blood cells are imperative in the healing process and can defend the body against infections and promote healing. As an antioxidant, Zinc actively searches for free radicals, the dangerous byproducts of cell metabolism that can cause a number of diseases, including cancer.
 
When the body is in recovery mode, Zinc offers many benefits. It may improve muscle reparation related to athletic performance, reduce the frequency and duration of the common cold and other illnesses and accelerate recovery for stroke patients. Research has also shown that Zinc has a strong impact on cognitive function and may prevent cognitive decline as we age.
 
Since Zinc is involved in so many integral systems and functions of the body, we need to make sure it is part of our daily diet.