Zinc is a key component of our immune system, and it helps to keep our bodies healthy. Zinc can be found in the body as a trace mineral/nutrient. Dr. Bonney says that the body needs very little zinc to survive. Seema Bonney, founder and medical director of Anti-Aging & Longevity Center of Philadelphia, tells Eat This, Not That! Health. Dr. Bonney shares the essential information about zinc and how it is important for your overall health. These Signs That You Have COVID are important for your health.
Dr. Bonney states that Zinc is essential because it supports your immune system. Taking Zinc can help your body fight illness. Harvard Health states that zinc is essential for nearly 100 enzymes involved in vital chemical reactions. Zinc plays a key role in the creation and maintenance of healthy immunity. Zinc is essential for cells to grow and multiply. It is needed during periods of rapid growth such as childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy. Zinc also plays a role in the sense’s taste and smell.
Dr. Booney says that zinc deficiency can lead to loss of taste and smell, depression, weight loss, reduced immunity, low appetite, mood swings, loss of appetite, loss in energy, loss of memory, loss or delayed wound healing. Zinc deficiency can cause hair loss, skin/eye lesion formations, and impotence. Zinc deficiency in children can cause slower growth.
According to the National Institutes of Health, most Americans get enough zinc from their diets. Certain groups are more susceptible to not getting enough zinc than others.
People who have had gastrointestinal surgery (e.g., weight loss surgery) or suffer from digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. These conditions can decrease the amount of zinc the body absorbs or increase the amount that is lost through the urine.
-Vegetarians are those who do not eat meat. The compounds in the beans and grains that they eat prevent zinc from reaching the body fully. Vegetarians may need to consume up to 50% more zinc than recommended.
Breastfeeding older infants is recommended because breast milk lacks enough zinc for infants aged 6 and over. For older infants who don’t take formula, it is important to give them zinc-rich foods such as pureed meats. Infant formula-fed infants receive enough zinc through infant formula.
Alcoholics are those who drink alcohol because it decreases the body’s ability to absorb zinc and increases the amount that is lost through the urine. Many alcoholics may not get enough zinc because they eat a restricted amount of food.
People with sickle cell disease might require more zinc.
Zinc deficiency in North America is uncommon. It can cause slow growth in children and adolescents, and delayed sexual development in teenagers. Zinc deficiency can also cause hair loss, diarrhea, and eye, and skin sores. Other symptoms include weight loss, impaired wound healing, reduced taste for food, and decreased alertness. These symptoms may also be signs of a zinc deficiency. Your doctor can determine if you may have a zinc deficit if you experience any of these symptoms.