The mineral Zinc, that we have been hearing about lately, is an “essential trace element” because exceedingly small amounts of zinc are necessary for our health. Since our body does not store excess zinc, it must be consumed regularly as part of our diet. Common sources of zinc are found in red meats, and fish. Zinc deficiency can lead to poor growth, gastral intestinal problems, immune compromise, and hormonal disfunction.
Zinc deficiency consequences include more frequent sickness, acute diarrhea, overall G.I. health issues, slow wound healing, and Wilson’s disease. A disease where copper is not eliminated properly and instead accumulates, possibly to a life-threatening level in the liver, brain, and other organs.
How does ZINC work?
Zinc is found in several systems and biological reactions and it is needed for immune function, and much more. Not only do meats and seafood contain zinc but also, dairy, nuts, legumes, and though whole grains offer relatively high amounts of zinc, it is this author’s opinion that whole grains should be avoided for anyone suffering from what they believe is a food sensitivity.
Symptoms that are related to the intestine which interfere with food absorption and chronic debilitating diseases, including daily diarrhea, cramps also constipation and nausea.
Which form should I take?
We should note that zinc-gluconate products are most prescribed and utilized for reducing cold and flu like symptoms in duration and does combat viruses. Alternatively, zinc may block the protease activity in rhinovirus, thereby preventing the breakdown of the virus polypeptide necessary to generate individual functional proteins.
For interactions on other forms of zinc that have a role in our gut health check out this article:
Mahmood, A. “Zinc Carnosine, a Health Food Supplement That Stabilizes Small Bowel Integrity and Stimulates Gut Repair Processes.” NCBI – Gut, BMJ Publishing Group, Feb. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1856764/