August 13, 2022


Its all about the Health

This Is What Zinc Does To Your Body and What to Eat for More

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Zinc is needed for the proper growth and maintenance of the human body.
It is found in several systems and biological reactions, and it is needed for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function, and much more.


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In a nutshell:

Meats, seafood, dairy products, nuts, legumes, and whole grains offer relatively high levels of zinc. In this video, we will learn about what zinc does to your body and what to eat for more. And while it’s too soon to know whether zinc can help people with COVID-19, there’s speculation that it might, especially those at high risk, according to a review published in July 2020 in Frontiers in Immunology. The recommended amount of zinc is 40 mg per day as the tolerable upper limit people should stick to, so it’s a good idea to check with your doctor for a personalized recommendation before trying a higher dose. In fact, a 100-gram (3.5-ounce) serving of raw ground beef contains 4.8 mg of zinc, which is 44% of the Daily Value. It’s worth noting that eating large amounts of red meat, especially processed meat, has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and some cancers. A major clinical trial, the Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS1), found that people who had macular degeneration could slow down the damage by taking zinc (80 mg), vitamin C (500 mg), vitamin E (400 mg), beta-carotene (15 mg), and copper (2 mg). Eggs contain a moderate amount of zinc and can help you meet your daily target. And if you do want to try zinc, remember to still discuss with your doctor, as supplements may interact with other medications you’re taking. Eating nuts such as pine nuts, peanuts, cashews and almonds can boost your intake of zinc. Nuts also contain not only zinc, but also other healthy nutrients, including healthy fats and fiber, as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals.

Zinc supplementation contributes to blood sugar control and promotes healthy lipid parameters among people with diabetes. Zinc plays a role in the storage and secretion of insulin, the hormone that allows cells to use sugars from the food we eat so it doesn’t build up in the blood. Zinc plays a role in the storage and secretion of insulin, the hormone that allows cells to use sugars from the food we eat so it doesn’t build up in the blood. Whole grains like wheat, quinoa, rice and oats contain some zinc. However, like legumes, grains contain phytates, which bind to zinc and reduce its absorption. Whole grains contain more phytates than refined versions and will likely provide less zinc. However, they are considerably better for your health and a good source of many important nutrients like fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and selenium. In fact, eating whole grains has been linked to a longer life and a number of other health benefits, including a reduced risk of obesity, type two diabetes and heart disease.

Zinc plays a role in maintaining healthy skin. People with long-term wounds or ulcers often have low zinc levels. Healthcare professionals may recommend zinc supplements for people with persistent wounds. Zinc plays a key role in every stage of wound healing, from skin repair to preventing infections. Seeds are a healthy addition to your diet and can help increase your zinc intake. Other seeds containing significant amounts of zinc include squash, pumpkin and sesame seeds. In addition to boosting your zinc intake, seeds contain fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, making them an excellent addition to your diet. Anyone considering zinc supplements to support their sexual health should speak with a doctor. Legumes like chickpeas, lentils and beans all contain substantial amounts of zinc. Despite this, they can be an important source of zinc for people following vegan or vegetarian diets.


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