Zinc

the absorption of vitamin A in the small intestine. A deficiency of zinc can lead to loss of the senses of taste and smell, poor nail and skin quality, delayed sexual maturity, fatigue, hair loss, impaired night vision, impotence, increased susceptibility to infection, infertility, memory impairment, blood sugar problems, prostate troubles, and slow wound healing.

 

Complimentary Nutrients:

Calcium, copper, phosphorus, and vitamin A.

 

Antagonists:

Oral contraceptives, alcohol, high intake of calcium, lack of phosphorus, and phytic acid.  Zinc levels can be lowered by diarrhea, kidney disease, cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, and excessive perspiration. Do not take more than 100 mg of zinc daily, it  may depress the immune system.

 

Health Benefits:

Burns and wound healing, blood, heart, carbohydrate digestion, prostate gland function,  reproductive organ growth and development, vitamin B1, phosphorus and protein metabolism.

 

Therapeutic Uses:

Eliminates deposits of high cholesterol, infertility, alcoholism, atherosclerosis, baldness,  cirrhosis, diabetes, wound and injury healing.

Vitamin Therapies should be done with the supervision of a qualified health care professional. In the panel on the left, under ailments you can find more information about treatments for some of these conditions. You can also locate therapeutic information on this site by using the search engine below and entering words relating to the ailment you are interested in.

 

Deficiency Indicators:

Fatigue, loss of taste, delayed sexual maturity, prolonged wound healing, retarded growth, poor appetite, and sterility.

 

Dosage:

RDA

Optimal Health

Therapeutic Amounts

15 mg

50 mg

80 mg

RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) are dosages developed by the FDA. These amounts are designed to prevent deficiency symptoms. For optimal health it is necessary to take a larger dose. The optimal health amounts are for adults and children weighing over 100 lbs. Children under the age of six should be given nutritional formulas designed specifically for young children. The therapeutic amounts to treat special conditions are usually much higher, and should not be taken without the supervision of a qualified health care professional.

 

Sources:

Zinc is found in egg yolks, fish, kelp, lamb, legumes, lima beans, liver, meat, mushrooms, pecans, oysters, brewer's yeast, spinach, poultry, pumpkin seeds, sardines, seafood, soy beans, sunflower seeds, and whole grains.

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