7 Incredible Benefits of ZINC

Some call it the macho male mineral while others refer it as our cells’ super nutrient or immune booster. Regardless of what it’s called, Zinc is a powerful mineral that provides many health benefits.

1. Boost Immune Health

Researchers found that zinc helps to curb inflammation.

  • Shorten the severity and duration of the common cold.1
  • Provide immune support2 and activate immune cells3 so they work optimally.
2. Strong, Lustrous Hair

Zinc is essential for cellular growth, supporting healthy cells for optimum bodily performance.

  • Support stronger hair structure and healthier hair follicles.4
  • Improve hair growth.4
  • Accelerate hair follicle regeneration.4
3. Radiant, Glowing Skin

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, zinc helps to prevent flare-ups and improves cell renewal, speeding up healing for healthier skin.

  • Treat acne and relieve irritated skin5 for glowing and healthier-looking skin.
4. Healthy Beginning, Healthy Family

Zinc works alongside other enzymes to ensure healthy reproductive systems for both men and women.

  • In women, zinc helps in hormone regulation, egg production and maintaining proper follicular fluid levels,6 which aids the egg to travel to the uterus for implantation.
  • In men, zinc help to boost sperm levels and improve the form, function and quality.7
5. Enhance Memory and Learning

The hippocampus, the centre for memory and learning in the brain, has the highest level of zinc.

  • Enhance communications between neurons for more efficient processing of information.8
  • Protect nerve and brain tissue.9
6. Improve Energy and Stamina

Zinc helps convert food into energy optimally so you have the energy to get through your day.

  • Increase athletic performance.10
  • Promote better muscle strength and endurance.11
7. Boost Wound Healing

Zinc plays a vital role in immune function, fighting off infection and aids in new tissue synthesis, avoiding development of wound infections.

  • Maintain skin integrity and structure.12
  • Synthesise protein and collagen to promote wound healing.12
  • Play a key role during blood clotting.13

References:

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  2. Prasad, A. S. (2008). Zinc in human health: effect of zinc on immune cells. Molecular medicine, 14(5-6), 353.
  3. Kaltenberg, J., Plum, L. M., Ober‐Blöbaum, J. L., Hönscheid, A., Rink, L., & Haase, H. (2010). Zinc signals promote IL‐2‐dependent proliferation of T cells. European journal of immunology, 40(5), 1496-1503.
  4. Park, H., Kim, C. W., Kim, S. S., & Park, C. W. (2009). The therapeutic effect and the changed serum zinc level after zinc supplementation in alopecia areata patients who had a low serum zinc level. Annals of dermatology, 21(2), 142-146.
  5. Michaelsson, G., Juhlin, L., & Vahlquist, A. (1977). Effects of oral zinc and vitamin A in acne. Archives of dermatology, 113(1), 31-36.
  6. Menezo Y, Pluntz L, Chouteau J, Gurgan T, Demirol A, et al. (2011). Zinc concentrations in serum and follicular fluid during ovarian stimulation and expression of Zn2+ transporters in human oocytes and cumulus cells. Reproductive Biomedicine Online 22: 647-652
  7. Zhao, J., Dong, X., Hu, X., Long, Z et al. (2016) Zinc levels in seminal plasma and their correlation with male infertility: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sci. Rep. 6, 22386; doi: 10.1038/srep22386
  8. Pan, E., Zhang, X. A., Huang, Z., Krezel, A., Zhao, M., Tinberg, C. E., ... & McNamara, J. O. (2011). Vesicular zinc promotes presynaptic and inhibits postsynaptic long-term potentiation of mossy fiber-CA3 synapse. Neuron, 71(6), 1116-1126.
  9. Kumar V, Kumar A, Singh SK, Tripathi SK, Kumar D, et al. (2016). Zinc Deficiency and Its Effect on the Brain: An Update. Int J Mol Genet and Gene Ther, 1(1).
  10. Kilic, M., Baltaci, A. K., Gunay, M., Gökbel, H., Okudan, N., & Cicioglu, I. (2006). The effect of exhaustion exercise on thyroid hormones and testosterone levels of elite athletes receiving oral zinc. Neuro endocrinology letters, 27(1-2), 247-252.
  11. Krotkiewski, M., Gudmundsson, M., Backström, P., & Mandroukas, K. (1982). Zinc and muscle strength and endurance. Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, 116(3), 309-311.
  12. Andrews, M., & Gallagher-Allred, C. (1999). The role of zinc in wound healing. Advances in Skin & Wound Care, 12(3), 137.
  13. Sallit, J. (2012). Rationale for zinc supplementation in older adults with wounds. Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging, 20(1):39-41.