Zinc in the body - why is it so important?

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Zinc is an essential mineral involved in the regulation of many enzymes that condition the proper functioning of the body. Supplementation with this compound has a positive effect on the immune system and supports the reduction of free radicals - acting as an antioxidant. Zinc is also the optimal level of testosterone in the blood, healthy hair, skin and nails and ... a good mood!

If you lack zinc in your body, you often get infections, you have no appetite, you are tired, you have trouble concentrating, your hair is falling out and your nails break. Most of us have too little zinc - it is found in products that we eat too rarely and in small amounts.

Zinc - effect on the body

Zinc is one of the trace elements, i.e. trace elements. We call them so because the demand for them and their content in the body are low (not exceeding 100 mg per day). Nevertheless, micronutrients are essential for the proper development, maturation and functioning of the body. In addition to zinc, trace elements also include copper, manganese, molybdenum, chromium, selenium and fluorine.

Zinc in the body has a number of important functions. It is a component of several hundred enzymes, incl. antioxidant enzymes or those involved in the biosynthesis of protein, nucleic acids and red blood cells. It plays an important role in the processes of replication and transcription of genetic material as well as in the processes of expression and stabilization of genes. It is a catalyst for many reactions. Participates in the transformation of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Affects the synthesis and functioning of steroid hormones. It is necessary to maintain the stability of cell membranes, and has regulatory and structural functions. It takes part in energy transformations and is an element necessary to maintain a proper body weight. We need it for the proper functioning and regeneration of the skin and mucous membranes as well as for the perception of taste and smell. It affects the functioning of the immune system and participates in the body's immune reactions.

Zinc - Dietary Sources

Zinc belongs to the group of 24 basic micronutrients necessary for survival. Nature knows very well how important zinc is for humans, therefore it is present in:
  • Vegetables (tomato, parsley, cabbage, lettuce and pods)
  • Rice and seeds (wild rice, pumpkin, wheat germ, quinoa)
  • Mushrooms (chanterelles, mushrooms, shiitake and oyster mushrooms)
  • Seafood and meat

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