Zinc is an element that helps the immune system stay healthy and functioning.
In today’s society, many are becoming more aware on how to adapt a healthy lifestyle and eating habits. More and more choices are readily available for people to choose from. Although due to some constraints not everyone has the capability of totally embracing the healthier alternatives. Also, there is so much to consider, that a day in a life is mostly not enough to fulfill all the body’s nutritional needs.
That is why supplements are also taken especially for those who are significantly lacking certain vitamins or nutrients. Age is also a factor unto how much of the necessary nutrients is needed which majority fails to meet. But for all the special needs our body has, there are some elements that are sometimes lacking in attention. Example of which is Zinc.
Zinc is an element that helps the immune system stay healthy and functioning. Fortunately, compared to other elements, a person only needs a small amount of it daily, specifically around 8 milligrams a day for women and 11 milligrams for men. If a person lacks Zinc, he/she becomes more prone to illnesses and diseases. It is important that children meet the daily requirement of zinc, to avoid growth impediments and infections. As for pregnant and lactating women, extra zinc is necessary, it is best to talk to your doctor about this.
If a person has enough zinc in their bodies, the immune system can help attack infected or cancerous cells, can treat diarrhea and common cold, hastens wound healing, improves learning and memory skills, increase fertility and decreases age related chronic diseases.
To know if you lack the necessary Zinc. Below are the most common symptoms of zinc deficiency.
- Low motor, attention and memory skills. For children, having this symptoms can be carried all throughout adulthood if not corrected. It is best to consult your doctor about the right amount and how to incorporate zinc into a child’s daily life.
- Weakened Immune System. Zinc deficiency can lead to our body’s becoming more susceptible to illness and disease. It also disrupts the T cell growth, apoptosis, gene transcription and it’s protective functions on our cell membranes.
- Diarrhea susceptibility. People with zinc deficiency often experience diarrhea thus becoming probe to coli and other bacterial infections.
- Presence of Allergies from food and external factors. Zinc deficiency helps elevate histamine levels and releasing excessive histamine can make a person more sensitive to allergic reactions.
- Hair problems. This may be due to hypothyroidism (which zinc deficiency is associated with) that can cause the hair to thin out. If hypothyroidism is the cause then it is necessary to take zinc supplements.
- Intestinal Permeability. It is associated with different conditions such as skin disorfers, auto immune disease and thyroid problems. Taking zinc supplements can help with this problem.
- Skin Rashes, Acne and delayed wound healing. Taking zinc supplements or consuming foods with zinc such as red meat, shellfish, legumes, nuts, eggs and dark chocolate can help alleviate the problem.