Our 18th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical
order). Zinc is a trace element (ie. Our
bodies require only a small amount of this
mineral). Chemical symbol: Zn. Protector
of the immune system and major disease fighter.
Mild zinc deficiency is a common problem.
Zinc absorption can be seriously affected
by the consumption of phytic acid (found
in raw whole grains and bran), or tea, or
coffee in the same meal. In contrast to
iron, zinc is not stored and is easily lost
from the body.
Zinc is essential to cells, including the
cells that fight viruses and infections.
Research has shown that zinc supplements
help ease cold symptoms. Studies on young
adults have shown that Zinc is able to significantly
reduce the duration of colds and flu symptoms
(eg. congestion, cough, headache, hoarseness,
Zinc is mostly needed during pregnancy,
breast-feeding, growing children & teens,
or if we are suffering from a wound, burn
Reducing the severity of cold/flu symptoms.
Alcohol detoxification. Carbon dioxide transport.
Collagen synthesis. Prostate gland function.
Energy metabolism. Bone formation. Growth.
Healthy reproductive organs. Male fertility.
Protein & carbohydrate synthesis. Vitamin
A metabolism and distribution. Wound
and burn healing.
Abnormal hair loss, acne, anorexia, depression,
fatigue. Impaired taste and smell. Enlarged
prostate. Poor libido, male infertility
(sterility). Mental illness, nervousness.
Nystagmus (rapid involuntary oscillation
of the eyeballs). Poor growth in children,
poor hair growth. Skin rashes, slow wound
healing, white spots on fingernails.
Zinc deficiency may also lead to macular
degeneration (a common cause of blindness).
Over 30% of people suffering from Crohn’s
disease (a gastrointestinal disorder) have
Eggs. Milk. Mushrooms. Leafy green vegetables.
Meat. Nuts. Seafood. Seeds. Whole grains.
Wheat germ. Bran.
US RDA: 15mg
EU RDA: 15mg
deficiency. Excessive calcium.
Zinc is considered non-toxic, but in very
high doses (above 150mg per day), may cause
nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Studies show that doses of 200mg per day
may cause deficiencies in other nutrients
and may lead to anemia. And doses of 300mg
per day actually lower immunity (defeating
the purpose of taking zinc to boost immunity).