A zinc deficiency can affect us all no matter how old or young we are.
Check your nails and if you see white spots it is a sure sign you have a zinc deficiency.
Let's see how a deficiency in this mineral can influence our well being, and also check out some healthy ways to ensure we are getting enough natural zinc nutrients.
Zinc, a necessary nutrient for the immune system, is vital for normal growth and plays an important role in reproduction.
Heavy concentrates of zinc are found in the male prostate and even a mild zinc deficiency can lead to a low sperm count, a major cause of male infertility.
Zinc is believed to regulate the metabolism of
testosterone in the prostate and there is some evidence that an
imbalance of testosterone may contribute to the growth of tumors.
Men who get prostate cancer have displayed lower blood levels of zinc.
Zinc is also believed to help prevent enlargement of the prostate, a frequent problem among older men.
Herbs that contain zinc include:
Zinc reserves in our bodies are lost through sweat and urine.People who suffer from excessive sweating, and this includes athletes, need to carefully watch their daily intake of this mineral.
There is also a belief that the unpleasant odor associated with heavy sweating may be due to a shortage of this important mineral.
Check out the list of foods that are a good source of zinc and should be eaten regularly to keep the levels of this vital mineral constant.
Make sure your old folks eat enough of the list of foods given above and leave some bowls with Pumpkin and sunflower seeds lying around.
They are a good source of zinc and can be snacked on to help keep those zinc reserves in place.
Zinc promotes healing and is important for normal growth.
Zinc reserves can however be depleted by periods of rapid growth, which probably coincides with the onset of teenage acne. Foods rich in zinc should be considered to help heal acne naturally
Research has shown that acne sufferers tend to have a zinc deficiency, so eat lots of:
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Spinach is a super source of antioxidants and cancer antagonists, containing about four times more beta carotene and three times more lutein than broccoli.
It is rich in fiber that helps lower blood cholesterol.
Extremely high in oxalate, thus, not recommended for people susceptible to kidney stones.
Note: Some of its antioxidants are destroyed by cooking, so rather eat raw or lightly cooked.
The information on this site does not constitute medical advice. Always consult with your Health Professional.