What is Zinc?
Zinc is one of the many trace elements essential for the proper functioning of the body. Present in very small quantities, it is nevertheless essential for good blood coagulation, maintenance of immune defenses and growth. It is also used in the context of acne problems, by promoting the healing of the skin.
Why take zinc?
Zinc has many benefits for our body, provided it is dosed correctly . For an adult man, without contraindication, it is recommended to consume between 10 and 12 mg per day, and between 8 and 10 mg for a woman with the same profile.
Regular consumption of zinc supports the immune defenses by stimulating them. In addition, it is often used to strengthen nails, hair and fight against skin problems. Zinc also helps reduce oxidative stress , thanks to its antioxidant action.
Sufficient zinc intake promotes DNA and protein synthesis in the body. It also participates in the maintenance of bones and the nervous system.
Where to find it?
Zinc is found in many foods throughout the year. It is present in white and red meats , especially liver. Seafood is also an excellent source of zinc, thanks in particular to crab and lobster. Without forgetting molluscs such as oysters or clams.
This trace element is also found in vegetable form. In fact, vegetables such as potatoes, green beans and soybeans are excellent sources of zinc. Legumes and nuts complete the list, thanks to their relatively high zinc content.
Food supplements are also a way to increase your daily zinc intake more quickly, in the event of a deficiency or a strict diet. Iron Shark Nutrition offers zinc dosed at 10 mg, ideal for an adequate daily intake.
The risks of a deficiencyA zinc deficiency can be detected late, it is necessary to be attentive to the symptoms, and to carry out blood tests in case of doubt.
A zinc deficiency can manifest itself in different ways. Such a deficiency weakens the immune system, so the body is less able to fight off potential infections . It can develop skin problems such as acne or eczema. Prolonged fatigue can be felt, as well as healing problems. Disorders of smell, vision and taste may appear.
The risks of excess
Conversely, excess zinc in the body can be toxic . Indeed, an overdose can cause an increase in oxidative stress, and thus a decrease in immune defences. In the long term, too much zinc consumption can have consequences on cardiovascular health and cholesterol.
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