Zinc

ZincZinc is a metal. It is an essential mineral that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Zinc is the most common trace mineral in the body and is found in every cell, next to iron. Zinc also got antioxidant properties and it helps protect cells in the body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals may contribute towards aging process, as well as the development of a number of degenerative diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants, such as zinc, can neutralise free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause to our body.

Your body absorbs 20 – 40% of the zinc present in food. Zinc is best absorbed when taken with a meal that contains protein.

Important role of Zinc:

Use of Zinc to improve condition such as:

Symptoms of Deficiency:

Food rich in Zinc:

Recommended Daily Intake: RDA

Pediatric

Adult

As per UMM

Zinc helps Prevent Diabetes in Women

Over 80,000 women were followed for the past 25 years in regards to their zinc levels and zinc intake. The researchers found that those women who had the highest levels of zinc had about an 18% decreased risk of developing diabetes than those women with the lowest zinc levels. The researchers recommended that we should consider higher levels of zinc intake via supplementation. In addition to its role in diabetes prevention, zinc is crucial for immune and eye health. – Dr Ray Strand.

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Time August 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

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