If you didn’t know it already, you simply don’t want to come up lacking in zinc because your body will most likely feel it if you do. For years, zinc has been referred to as the “intelligence mineral” for its role in supporting brain development, memory, neuropsychological performance and problem-solving abilities.†
But zinc’s reach doesn’t stop there. Here’s the over-arching short story on the importance of zinc: in general, researchers say that zinc is so critical for human health that even a small deficiency in it can be what they call a “disaster.” That’s a pretty heavy statement.
Likewise, a newer article released in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), says that researchers have identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace nutrients in human nutrition. They say it’s found in organs, tissues, bones, fluids and cells. They also point out that nearly half of the world’s population is at risk for not getting enough zinc.
So, why is getting enough zinc so important? For starters, as pointed out, zinc is found in every tissue in the body and is involved in many aspects of cellular metabolism and is directly a part of cell division, making zinc essential at the cellular level.
Likewise, it’s necessary for catalyzing nearly 100 enzymes and plays a role in supporting cardiovascular health; endocrine system health; reproductive health; proper immune function; healthy hormone production; healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels; protein synthesis; wound healing, DNA synthesis; a healthy brain and more.†
When it comes to proper hormones and zinc, having adequate amounts of zinc supports the release of at least three hormones: testosterone, growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Those are important hormones for many areas, including muscle and strength development from working out.
Those who may be at the greatest risk for low zinc levels include vegans, vegetarians, those with digestive problems and those with poor stomach acid levels.
Some great food sources of zinc—all organic, non GMO, of course—include greens; nuts; dark chocolate and cocoa powder; tahini; sunflower and pumpkin seeds; beans; mushrooms; green beans; miso; red meat and dairy products including beef and cheese from grassfed sources; and poultry.
Zinc—it’s one amazing mineral you want to get enough of.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
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