- ZINC is such a critical element in human health that even a small deficiency can be a disaster. It is vitally important because it is found in every tissue in the body and is directly involved in cell division.
- ZINC is primarily found in the strong body muscles and also in high concentrations in red and white blood cells, skin, liver, kidneys, bones, pancreas and retina.
- ADEQUATE zinc is necessary for optimal physical performance and strength. Adequate zinc directly affects athletic performance and strength development from training as it plays a major role in anabolic hormone production. Without anabolic hormone production training will not maximize muscle and strength development.
- ADEQUATE zinc is necessary for both male and female reproductive health and fertility. Zinc boosts immune function. Recent evidence links zinc deficiency with breast, lung, colon, ovary, skin cancers and leukaemia.
- A DIET providing adequate zinc intake can help negate the heart–risk effects of a high fat, high cholesterol lifestyle.
- ZINC is a super anti-oxidant, bonding with free radicals, neutralizing them and removing them from the body. Zinc detoxifies the brain of heavy metals, helping in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
- ZINC is essential in maintaining brain structure and health by ensuring the brain membrane receives the nutrients it needs.
- ZINC is primary in the metabolism of melatonin which regulates dopamine, a neurotransmitter linked to “feeling good”.
- ZINC deficiency has been linked to mood swings, depression and fatigue.
- ZINC is necessary to avoid bone loss.
ZINC IS IMPORTANT FOR DIABETICS
ADEQUATE zinc is necessary for the healthy function of most hormones including insulin. Zinc binds to insulin so that insulin is adequately stored in the pancreas and is released when glucose is released into the bloodstream. Zinc improves cell health and is a component of the enzymes needed for insulin to bind to cells allowing glucose to enter and be used as fuel.
INSULIN Sensitivity means the cell is receptive to the process of insulin binding to the cell. When insulin binds to the cell, the cell becomes receptive to the entry of glucose. If the cell is resistant to insulin glucose stays in the bloodstream causing high blood sugar leading to fat gain. When zinc concentration falls with a corresponding reduction in insulin secretion and peripheral insulin sensitivity, if continuous, will lead to diabetes.Back to Health