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Do you feel a decreased level of alertness, or moodiness and memory failure? Well don’t blame anything other than your diet which may be deficient in zinc, causing all these little undesirable conditions.
What is Ionic Zinc?
Ionic Zinc is a proprietary liquid ionic formula containing zinc ascorbate and zinc gluconate.
The Importance of Zinc
The importance of zinc is known throughout the world and one of the first cultures to see the significance of using zinc has been the Chinese. The Chinese knew of the benefits of zinc and used it for prostate problems many centuries before other countries ever addressed zinc.
The benefits of zinc are very important to
health. There are at least 160 different human enzymes that rely on zinc
in parts of their composition and function. As examples, zinc enzymes
are involved in digestion, metabolism, and tissue respiration, and both
DNA and RNA need zinc enzymes for proper functioning.
Medically, zinc is probably the most underrated and misunderstood of
minerals yet it is one of the most important elements in the human body.
It is essential in so many different functions of the body and its
depletion produces some of the most dangerous effects. Despite this,
most physicians do not test for it and, when they do, they often apply
the incorrect testing techniques by assessing blood samples instead of
tissue samples such as hair.
Absorption a vital factor
When you look at a list of foods containing zinc you will realise that there are not many compared with those containing iron or calcium yet zinc is the key to many bodily functions and the cornerstone of many nutritional disorders.
It is interesting to look at how zinc is absorbed by the body because this will bring an understanding of how the body so readily becomes depleted of it.
At meal times the pancreas produces picolinic acid as a result of the release of hydrochloric acid from the stomach. The picolinic acid then binds to the zinc and aids its absorption. The absorption is therefore dependent on the presence of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and, if this is at insufficient levels (from excess antacid use or overzealous use of acid blocking agents) then zinc depletion is likely to occur.
Zinc and hormones
Zinc is for the synthesis of hormones serotonin, dopamine, melatonin, and noradrenaline and, therefore, low zinc levels can result in decreased alertness, a lessened capacity for abstract thinking, lowered ability to perform repetitive and multi-task jobs, moodiness and memory failure. That is, there is a decrease in signal processing in the brain and this can produce many patterns of altered central nervous function.
Zinc’s vital functions
Zinc is a co-factor in the production of collagen within the body and zinc is used by the B vitamins especially, to ensure proper absorption
Zinc is involved in the human immune system and is a vital catalyst in the metabolism of essential fatty acids, which are important for proper immune function
Zinc is needed in the release of insulin by the pancreas and for the release of vitamin A from liver stores.
Zinc plays an important part in the metabolism of the pituitary gland, the adrenal glands, the ovaries and the testes
Zinc is vital for the production of male sperm and female ova
Zinc is also necessary for a healthy liver metabolism and is needed by the fetus in order to grow properly
Zinc depletion is associated with the following conditions:
Wound healing delay
Zinc is normally lost in the following ways:
The Contraceptive Pill
The highest levels of zinc are found in the following foods:
The benefits of zinc
Aids growth in the body
Assists cellular growth
Helps tissue growth and repair
Contributes to digestion, metabolism, and tissue respiration
Catalyses synthesis of hormones
Enhances wound healing
Assists function of the immune system
Acts as an anti-oxidant
Assists detoxification of alcohol in the liver
Aids perception of the senses
Contributes to the absorption of vitamin D and calcium
Helps transportation of blood
Improves function of the thymus (which sits in the upper chest and produces immune system lymphocytes, which seek out and destroy infectious organisms).