What is it?
- An essential trace mineral.
- It’s not really stored in the body—it leaves.
- Unlike many essential nutrients, leafy greens don’t contain much of it….so leaves are “without a trace” of this important mineral
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Our bodies don’t produce it, so you have to consume it frequently. It champions many essential roles in the body, and like almost all things in physiology, we learn more every year about how important it is to the health of our terrain!
What does it do?
Zinc supports multiple crucial body functions, including:
2. Repairs tissue injury
3. Essential for smell, taste, and vision
4. Supports optimal blood clotting
6. Supports thyroid hormone production
7. Promotes blood sugar balance
8. Supports Mood
9. Protects against oxidative stress
10. Assists in the repair of genetic damage
11. Protects the brain
12. Essential for wound healing
How do I know if I need more?
You may need more zinc if you have frequent or prolonged colds, flu, or infections.
Lack of appetite, depression, impaired sense of taste or smell, and thyroid hormone problems can also be symptoms of zinc deficiency.
In addition, low zinc intake can lead to a chronic inability to heal wounds, swollen cuticles, rashes, chronic and severe dandruff, or frequent hangnails.
Your doctor can help you discover if your body needs more zinc by testing your blood or hair levels, and some have reported that a simple “taste test” can help reveal zinc deficiency.
Because zinc levels relate to how other minerals interact in your body, working with your doctor to keep a proper balance is a good idea. Adequate levels of zinc vary and should be personalized according to your specific health concerns.
How do I get more?
Zinc, like all other nutrients, is best consumed in food, but supplementation is often required, depending on the person, and remember, it is not stored — so eating zinc-rich foods frequently will help keep this good guy around. The list below can guide you to some good choices.
If supplementing, consult your health care practitioner to ensure that you’re taking both the proper form and the right dose for your unique needs.
Foods rich in Zinc
- oysters – highest source from food.
- crab and lobster
- red meat (beef and pork)
- chicken (dark meat contains more zinc)
- pumpkin seeds
- hemp seeds
- baked beans