What is Zinc and what are its benefits?
Most of us know Zinc as a piece of metal right? Well yes that is correct but it is also an essential trace element that has many many benefits for our body's health and wellbeing. Did you know that we need small amounts of Zinc every single day to ensure that our health is in good condition and for our bodies to function properly.
Zinc is used in the body to assist hormone production, cell growth and repair, boost our immune system and assist us with our digestion. In fact did you know that boosting your Zinc levels helps you fight off colds all winter long. If you know someone that just never seems to get sick during winter whilst the rest of us seem to get sick easily you can bet that their Zinc levels are boosted!
It also has anti-inflammatory properties which may have many therapeutic benefits including:
- assisting to fight cancer
- assisting to reverse heart disease
- slowing the ageing process
The top health benefits of good Zinc levels include:
- Increased immunity and cold fighting abiliy
- Powerful antioxidant
- Hormone Balancer
- Fighting diabetes
- Maintaining heart health
- Prevention of diarrhea
- Increasing fertility levels
- Effective nutrition absorption and digestion capabilities
- Supports liver health
- Helps repair and grow muscles
How much Zinc should you take per day (RDA- Recommended Daily Allowances)
|AGE||RDA (Rec Daily Allowance)|
|0 - 6 months||2 milligrams|
|7 - 12 months||
|1 - 3 years||
|4 - 8 years||
|9 - 13 years||
|Males 14 years and over||
|Females 14 -18 years||
|Females 19 and over||
Symptoms of Zinc deficiency
Zinc deficiency is becoming more and more common around the world. Zinc deficiency occurs when you either do not eat enough foods containing zinc or due to poor gut health or gut disorders, like leaky gut syndrome. Studies have shown zinc deficiencies linked to groups that had a higher intake of carbohydrate rich diets, especially those from high processed and packaged foods rather than those consuming more whole foods.
People following a plant based diet (vegan and vegetarian) are at a higher risk of zinc deficiency, as well as people with digestive problems like leaky gut syndrome or those that have poor gut health.
Common signs of Zinc deficiency include:
- Severe changes in appetite (both high and low)
- Changes to taste and smell
- Hair loss
- Fertility issues
- Hormonal issues & increased PMS
- Low levels of immunity (always getting sick)
- Weight loss or gain
- Slow healing
- Increased tiredness and fatigue
- Digestive issues
- Poor concentration
Which foods contain Zinc naturally?
The highest levels of Zinc are found in lamb and grass fed beef, closely followed by chickpeas, cashews and pumpkin seeds, next is chicken, turkey and eggs, followed by mushrooms, salmon and cocoa powder.
What to look for and what to avoid when purchasing Zinc supplements?
Given that on average, the body only absorbs about 40% of its Zinc requirements from food and that Zinc absorption is also blocked by some medications and also other essential minerals, its a good idea to look for a high quality natural Zinc supplement to ensure that you do not fall into Zinc deficiency and all the problems that causes.
However not all Zinc supplements are created equally and like anything there are good and not so good versions. Zinc sulphate and zinc oxide are some of the most highly purchased zinc supplements, mainly because of their prevalence in cheaper supermarket brands, however they are definitely not the best to buy. These Zinc varieties tend to flush out of the body without much Zinc absorption. Zinc oxide is also the widely known carcinogen that is in sunscreens.
Chelated Zinc is definitely your best bet and is better absorbed by your body. There are different types of chelation but the best forms of chelated Zinc are Zinc gluconate and Zinc citrate. These forms of Zinc pass through the cell membranes easily and also pull other accompanying minerals with them leading to higher concentrations of Zinc and other beneficial nutrients in your body.
Why is my Zinc Max your best choice of this essential mineral?
Zinc Max is made from Zinc citrate and Zinc Gluconate (remember above these are the best forms of Zinc). One capsule contains 8 milligrams of Zinc citrate and 7 milligrams of Zinc Gluconate which ensures that after absorption you are maintaining your optimum levels of Zinc in your body. I use the highest quality ingredients in all of my supplements and Zinc Max has a tapioca capsule which ensures greater protection of the nutrients. There are no fillers or binders used in Zinc Max's production.
Many doctors and pharmacists conclude that Zinc is one of the greatest dietary supplements to take. It is highly recommended for warding off sickness during winter because of its ability to fight off rhinovirus which is responsible for about a third of all common colds in adults.
Avoid Zinc sulphate and oxide and always look for Zinc citrate and gluconate as your source of Zinc. As always avoid supplements full of fillers and binders and purchase the highest quality possible, you only have one body and you really need to look after it.