Last Modified on Jun 02, 2015
An essential trace element, zinc plays an important role in the human body. Even though it is only needed in minute amounts, zinc is a vital nutrient that is responsible for an array of functions. This single nutrient helps stimulate the activity of over 100 different enzymes in the body, making it an important nutritional supplement.
What is Zinc?
Zinc is an essential nutrient for maintaining health. Found in cells throughout the body, zinc functions in a variety of ways to stimulate immune function and fight infection. The nutrient also functions in manufacturing proteins and DNA in the body. Zinc is a nutrient that is needed throughout all life stages including conception, infancy, childhood, and adulthood.
Zinc is a nutrient that must be accounted for via diet and nutritional choices. A variety of different foods contain the supplement; however, oysters are the best source. Additionally, red meat, poultry, crab, lobsters, and fortified breakfast cereal contain some of nutrient. Beans, nuts, whole grains, and dairy products provide an adequate amount of the nutrient.
Zinc can also be found as an independent supplement as well as a component of many multivitamin/mineral supplements. It is most effective when taken in addition to calcium and magnesium.
Health Benefits of Zinc
One of the most important roles zinc plays is maintaining immune health. The nutrient activates the T lymphocytes in the body, which function to control and regulate immune responses as well as attack infected or cancerous cells.
As such, zinc can be used to treat a number of specific conditions. Diarrhea, stomach ulcers, acne, ADHD, herpes simplex virus, immune function, sickle cell anemia, and Wilson’s disease respond well to treatment with zinc. The nutrient can also be used to treat age-related macular degeneration, depressed appetite, bad breath, blood disorders, boils, burns, cancer, canker sores, celiac disease, cognitive disorders, the common cold, and a variety of other conditions.
Although it is a trace element, zinc is no less important than any other nutrient. This nutrient helps maintain regular function of the body and supports treatment of a wide array of health conditions.
[YEA] I was having persistant diarrhea for a week and researched that in developed countries, they would give zinc to children so that they don't die from the diarrhea.
I tried zinc gluconate 50mg and it stopped my diarrhea. Apparently zinc deficiencies make diarrhea worse.
[YEA] Hi, I could not find any feedback about Zinc supplements on the Ailments link or the Supplements link. Anyone have fantastic results with it? It seems to be great for my oral health...my gums have stopped bleeding. Been taking one 50 mg tab for two months now.
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hi, I've been reading on Earthclinic.com that zinc supplements can help with acne but there's so many kinds of zinc!
i narrowed it down to either zinc picolinate or gluconate.............. So may I ask which one is more readily absorbed by the body and hence, more effective for acne ?
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I have purchased zinc chloride. You have stated that I use zinc chloride as a 5% solution. How do I go about this? What do you mean by 5% concentration? Should I use a teaspoon, tablespoon or what other measurement to do a 5% solution. Should I take it with water or what? I don't know how to go about a 5% solution? Could you help me in my inquiry? Thank you in this matter.
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San Jose, California
The only zinc our health food store carries is zinc citrate.... What is the difference in the zinc you recommend and zinc citrate? is it worth the $$ and effort to take citrate? will I see any improvement taking citrate or shoud I try to find the other kinds?
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[SIDE EFFECTS] When I take Zinc with food it makes my stomach feel weird, like nausea. Does anyone know how to make this go away? Or has it happened to you? I drank milk and it kind of stopped.
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