Why Is Zinc Important?
The mineral zinc offers skin regenerating properties such as:
- skin firming collagen production, increase skin cell turn over, and fights free radicals.
- It plays a role in immune function
- Assists in protein synthesis
- Keeps skin healthy and promotes wound healing
- DNA synthesis and cell division
- Zinc a Key Mineral to Healthy Skin
6 % of all the zinc in your body is housed in you skin. It is a mineral that is necessary to protect your cell membranes and to maintain the skin firming collagen production, and is a critical element for healthy skin renewal. The element Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism, and deficiencies can lead to skin problems such as lesions, redness, pustules, and scaling.
Zinc offers antioxidant protection. It helps protect against damage from free radicals, protects skin’s lipids (fats) and fibroblasts which are the cells that make collagen and support your skin’s support structure, so in the long run it is a helpful skin anti ager.
Zinc offers healing and rejuvenating skin properties. by increasing enzymes and proteins that are needed to help ramp up to protect against infection, control inflammation and help produce new cells as needed.
Fighting Acne flare-ups. Zinc, which boosts the body’s immune function, which in turn may help control the inflammatory response responsible for acne. Acne pimples occur because of a buildup of oil, bacteria and skin cells blocking pores, thus causing the skin around the pore to turn red, swollen and tender. Zinc to the rescue, to help regulate cell production and skin cell turnover. It may even prevent clogged oil pores in the first place.
Zinc Rich Foods Include:
- Seafood: Oysters, lobster, crab, clams, mussels
- Meats: lean beef, ostrich, wheat germ, skinless chicken or turkey (especially dark meat), lean lamb, pork tenderloin
- Fruits and Vegetables: pumpkin seeds, beans ((such as black, navy, pinto, lima, garbanzo, kidney, lentils, black eyed peas, soybeans
- Dairy: yogurt (fat-free, low-fat and butter
- Nuts: pine nuts, cashews, peanuts and peanut butter, sunflower seeds pecans
Full List Of Zinc Rich Foods bottom of page-this link will take you away from this site
What are the signs of a zinc deficiency?
Should you be concerned if you have a zinc deficiency, some of the sign and symptoms are below, but always make an appointment with your doctor if you have concerns before treating yourself.
Signs and symptoms of a zinc deficiency can include:
- Chronic Infection
- Delayed Wound Healing
- Hair loss
- Mental Lethargy
- Rough skin or rashes.
- Weight loss or poor appetite
Taking Zinc Supplements
Supplements come in many forms labeled as zinc including: zinc gluconate, zinc sulfate, and zinc acetate.
The percentage of elemental zinc varies by the form it is in. For example, a supplement containing approximately 23% of zinc sulfate consists of elemental zinc; thus, 220 mg of zinc sulfate contains 50 mg of elemental zinc. You can read what percentage of elemental zinc is in a supplement by reading the Supplement Facts panel on the supplement bottle. Research has not determined whether differences exist among forms of zinc in absorption, bioavailability, or tolerability.
Zinc has been shown to cause stomach upset in some individuals, along with occational diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. To lessen these possible side effects always take zinc with food. If you still find the supplement upsetting your stomach try instead to eat zinc rich foods everyday!
Other special considerations?
The following may interfere with or decrease, zinc absorption: high calcium intake, some vegetarian diets, caffeine, alcoholism, oral penicillin, diuretics, and dairy and bran products. (1.) Also I learned that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may reduce zinc excretion, the study showed that long-term use of HRT produces a reduction in serum zinc concentration, so a post menopausal woman may need to take a supplement, or eat foods high in zinc.
(1) Zinc Metabolism in Post-menopausal Women Receiving Hormone Replacement Therapy https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259477643_Zinc_Metabolism_in_Post-menopausal_Women_Receiving_Hormone_Replacement_Therapy
(2) Zinc US Government Fact Sheet- https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/
(3) Full List Of Zinc Rich Foods– https://ods.od.nih.gov/pubs/usdandb/Zinc-Food.pdf#search=%22foods%22