by Life Enthusiast Staff
Zinc is one of the most obviously essential trace elements. Zinc is necessary for insulin and for 25 enzymes involved in digestion and metabolism, and for utilization of B vitamins.
Zinc is intimate to synthesis of DNA, longevity, reproduction, the immune system, a healthy circulatory system (synergistic with Copper and Vanadium).
Zinc helps the body eliminate excess cholesterol. Zinc supports a more rapid rate of healing and even has a role in night vision. Zinc's benefits are all encompassing.
The industrial toxin cadmium is antagonistic to Zinc. Your Zinc is severely under attack since your body contains approximately 700 times as much cadmium in this industrial age as in people in ancient times - and since the Zinc content of soils, and the utilizable-plant-complex form of Zinc, has been declining.
Zinc mineral isolate supplements are not ideal for the delicate system of nutrient assimilation and can result in undesirable reversals of benefit at levels only double or triple the RDA. The plant-complex form is far preferable, better utilized and excesses are easily disposed.
Organic Whole Grains, Special Nutritional Yeasts and Pumpkin Seeds are meaningful food sources of Zinc in the most desirable food-complex form. Consistent inclusion of these foods and supplementation of plant-life-complexed TM Zinc is essential for optimal health and longevity - and especially for the prostate gland.
Required for DNA synthesis Master substance of life.
Roles in the Body
Activator of many key enzymes, growth and development, male reproductive system, insulin production and secretion, prevention of cadmium and copper toxicity.
Function of Zinc
- Circulatory - maintenance of artery walls
- Respiratory - removal of carbon dioxide and maintenance of acid-base balance
- Digestive - production of digestive enzymes, and normal liver function
- Nervous - essential for brain development and neurotransmitters
- Special senses - appetite regulation, smell and taste
- Reproductive - testes, ovaries, prostate, male fertility
- Endocrine - insulin and pituitary gonadotropin secretion
- Blood - red blood cells and blood proteins
- Skeletal - bone integrity, prevention of osteoporosis
- Skin - requited for normal integrity of hair, nail and skin
- Protective - required for wound healing and integrity of the immune system
- Metabolic - normal carbohydrate and protein metabolism
- Detoxification - assists in removing toxic accumulation of cadmium and copper psychological - powerful mood stabilizing and sedating mineral
Zinc Deficiency Symptoms
alcoholic cirrhosis, arteriosclerosis, cadmium toxicity, carbohydrate intolerance, conditions due to birth defects, copper toxicity, diabetes, emotional problems, failure to thrive, fatigue, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, impotence, lack of taste and smell, low appetite, nervousness, poor wound healing, prostate problems
Zinc Excess Symptoms
anemia, iron deficiency, diarrhea, depression, mental, nausea, vomiting
magnesium, vitamin A, D, E, B6, high-protein diet
Absorption- copper, cadmium, iron, chromium, manganese, selenium,
phytic acid, vegetarian diets, soy, cereals, fiber in diet
Metabolic - copper, iron, cadmium
Hair Analysis Notes
Zinc is considered a masculine mineral, because of its importance in the formation of male sexual hormones.
High Hair Zinc Level
- An elevated zinc level may be due to a loss of zinc from the body tissues. In these cases, zinc supplements will often be recommended.
- Zinc levels may appear high to help compensate for copper toxicity. Thus high zinc can be a tip-off of a hidden copper toxicity.
- Use of Head and Shoulders shampoo occasionally results in an elevated zinc reading. Cadmium toxicity can cause a zinc reading to appear high.
Low Hair Zinc
- Zinc will often read low if the sodium/potassium ratio is less than 2.5:1. In this case, it is not always wise to give much zinc.
- Zinc is commonly low in fast oxidizers.
- Very low zinc levels are often associated with emotional instability and with problems of growth and development in children.
Reasons for Zinc Supplementation
- To lower sodium and raise potassium
- To lower copper and cadmium
- To raise phosphorus
Seafood - oysters, herring
Nuts/seeds - sunflower, pumpkin
Grains - wheat germ
Fruits - Apples, pears,
Vegetables - kale, lettuce, asparagus
Miscellaneous - brewer's yeasts, maple syrup, bone meal, gluten,
The Effects of Zinc on Personality
Key words: steadiness, gentle strength, a masculine element
Low Zinc: male impotency, emotional instability, effeminate, mood swings, panic attacks, in extreme - schizophrenia
High Zinc: total lack of emotion, martyr attitude.