Since the body cannot produce zinc itself, it is very important that we get zinc in our diet. A total of around 300 enzymes require the mineral zinc in order to work properly. Zinc is thus involved in numerous processes in the human body, including metabolic processes. Examples are the breakdown and production of fats, proteins and carbohydrates
A zinc deficiency often shows up in brittle hair and nails and dry skin. Zinc supports the metabolism , the immune system and helps with diabetes mellitus and allergies.
The trace element zinc is the insider tip for the immune system.
Zinc is involved in the performance of the immune system at all levels and supports a number of defenses. Zinc deficiency consequently leads to an impairment of the immune system. 10 mg would be sufficient to cover the need. High zinc losses reduce performance, weaken the organism and make it more susceptible to infections.
As a preventive measure, zinc strengthens the immune system and immediately renders viruses and bacteria harmless.
In Unizink®, the active ingredient zinc is bound to the body’s own protein building block aspartic acid. This connection can be absorbed particularly well in the small intestine and passed on to the organs.
Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, as a diabetic, athlete and the elderly people would benefit from a high quality zinc supplementation.
This review summarizes current basic science and clinical evidence examining zinc as a direct antiviral, as well as a stimulant of antiviral immunity. An abundance of evidence has accumulated over the past 50 y to demonstrate the antiviral activity of zinc against a variety of viruses, and via numerous mechanisms.
Zinc is an essential trace element that is crucial for growth, development, and the maintenance of immune function. Its influence reaches all organs and cell types, representing an integral component of approx. 10% of the human proteome, and encompassing 1OO’s of key enzymes and transcription factors.
Zinc status is a critical factor that can influence antiviral immunity, particularly as zinc-deficient populations are often most at risk of acquiring viral infections.
Zinc deficiency occurs when the body cannot absorb enough zinc from food. The cause of zinc deficiency is rarely diagnosed.
As zinc is involved in numerous physiological and biochemical processes in the body, zinc deficiency can be the cause of many and different symptoms, which can be grouped into physical and mental-emotional (psychological)
A deficiency in Zinc promotes infections and thus numerous diseases.
If there is a zinc deficiency, this can lead to various deficiency symptoms, as zinc is involved in many processes in the organism. So it is essential for the proper functioning of enzymes and hormones as well as other metabolic processes.
There can be various reasons for this. If there is a zinc deficiency, this can lead to various deficiency symptoms, as zinc is involved in many processes in the organism. So it is essential for the proper functioning of enzymes and hormones as well as other metabolic processes.
In the case of a poor and unbalanced diet, the body does not receive enough nutrients and consequently not enough vital substances. This also applies to the trace element zinc.
A one-sided diet (when mainly consuming “junk food” or highly processed products or as part of a diet) or a fasting cure. Micronutrients (vitamins, trace elements and minerals) are not supplied in sufficient quantities. This can lead to a zinc deficiency.
If zinc is ingested with food, it has to get into the bloodstream via the intestines. This absorption process in the intestine can be disturbed and lead to an insufficient absorption of zinc.
This can have different causes.
For example, there may be an intolerance to the adhesive protein gluten (celiac disease). If a person with celiac disease ingests gluten (for example in the form of a cereal product), this leads to inflammation of the intestinal lining. Over time, the intestinal villi regress, which increase the surface area of the intestine so that nutrients can be optimally absorbed from food. Accordingly, the inflammation of the intestines and the regression of the intestinal villi have an adverse effect on the absorption of nutrients.
Furthermore, certain substances can impair the absorption of zinc. This can be the case, for example, with an increased calcium intake – for example with osteoporosis. Phosphates (for example contained in soft drinks) can also impair the intake.
Zinc robbers are foods and lifestyle habits that actively burden the zinc account or prevent the absorption of zinc. These include:
The substances listed do not completely prevent the absorption of zinc. The human body simply takes in significantly less of the zinc supplied. Conversely, this means that more zinc has to be added. To do this, it is sufficient to take a close look at your own diet.
In addition to the foods mentioned, lifestyle habits have a major influence on the zinc balance. Alcohol and nicotine are just as devastating as stress and exercise. Sports? Yes, because whoever does sport sweats. Potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper are also lost with sweat. The amounts vary depending on the sporting activity and the associated perspiration. However, there is no harm in exercising and eating well. After all, what we eat also has a
major impact on (athletic) performance.
Anyone who takes hormone preparations or drugs for gastrointestinal diseases over a longer period of time should also think about an adequate supply of zinc. These inhibit zinc absorption in the body, so that the deficiency can often only be remedied with high-dose zinc supplements. Corresponding zinc substitutes are inexpensive and, when used as intended, free from undesirable side effects.
|0 to under 4 months||0.5 mg/day||0.5 mg/day|
|4 to less than 12 months||2.0 mg/day||2.0 mg/day|
|The Ideal zink requirement for CHILDREN|
|1 to under 4 years||3.0 mg/day||3.0 mg/day|
|4 to under 7 years||5.0 mg/day||5.0 mg/day|
|7 to under 10 years||7.0 mg/day||7.0 mg/day|
|10 to under 13 years||9.0 mg / day||7.0 mg/day|
|13 to under 15 years||9.5 mg / day||7.0 mg/day|
|15 to under 19 years||10 mg / day||7.0 mg/day|
|19 to under 25 years||10 mg / day||7.0 mg/day|
|25 to under 51 years||10 mg / day||7.0 mg/day|
|51 to under 65 years||10 mg / day||7.0 mg/day|
|65 years and older||10 mg / day||7.0 mg/day|
from the 4th month
|10 mg / day|
|BREASTFEEDING||11 mg / day|
When a baby is exclusively breastfed and not supplied with any other food or supplements, breast milk is the only source of food. Thus, all valuable nutrients and trace elements must be present in sufficient quantities in breast milk. In addition to iodine, iron and folic acid, this also includes zinc.
The mother loses around 1.7 milligrams of zinc per day while breastfeeding. The newborn needs this zinc for growth and blood formation. Both take place rapidly in the first few months, as every mother knows from her own experience.
Studies also show how important zinc is for children’s growth (before puberty). Because zinc is (as in pregnancy) important for cell differentiation and metabolism. The zinc supply can only come from breast milk during breastfeeding. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding for a period of six months. It is therefore important that the mothers have a sufficiently high zinc level and thus provide the baby with sufficient amounts of the trace element.
During the months of pregnancy and while breastfeeding, the need for zinc is increased and the risk of zinc deficiency is greater. In this case, changing your diet is often not enough. A high-quality zinc nutraceutical matters. Zinc is essential for cell growth, cell differentiation and metabolism.
GROWTH : During pregnancy, the growth is enormous considering an egg cell turns into a complete human being in just a few months. Metaphorically speaking, a single cell – the egg cell – creates a highly complex human organism.
CELL DIFFERENTIATION : The cell differentiation is part of this amazing process. In simple terms, cell differentiation means the specialization of cells. To put it in an exemplary (and very simplified) way, one could say that a simple cell becomes a brain cell or a liver cell. The cell takes on a special task and will henceforth reproduce itself as such. Given the multitude of human organs, it is easy to imagine how often cells differentiate in the course of the development of a human organism.
METABOLISM : The metabolism is increased during pregnancy. Especially in the last third of pregnancy, this is also reflected in a real need for more calories, up to 300 kcal per day, which need to be digested. In addition, many women experience an increased appetite during pregnancy. The associated additional calories are not essential for survival, but also contribute to an increased metabolism.
There are basically two ways of doing this, by a blood test and by observing the symptoms of zinc deficiency.
If there is a shortage of zinc, the supplies are used up first (in total approx. 2 to 4 g zinc). It is advisable to describe the zinc deficiency symptoms in detail with your family doctor, to narrow down the causes for them and, ideally, to exclude them. Eating habits should definitely be included in the analysis. For this it can be useful to keep a food diary over a period of several weeks. If this turns out to be low in zinc, this is a first indication of a possible zinc deficiency.
Detecting zinc deficiency is not too easy as there are multiple factors. Usually there are several symptoms that are not particularly characteristic in themselves, but give an overall picture that indicates a zinc deficiency. What is most striking is the weakened immune system and the associated susceptibility to infection.
Special attention is required here. Frequent cold sore repeated (lip) herpes are good indications(diarrhea is such a signal). When the immune system is weakened, the trace element zinc, which is absorbed through the intestines, plays an important role in maintaining the immune system. The intestine is the number one immune organ in the body. For this reason, intestinal problems cause problems with the body’s own defenses in the vast majority of cases. Regardless of whether the zinc value is correct, it is therefore important to find the causes. Most of the time, a change in diet and / or lifestyle is necessary. When the body’s defenses are exhausted, long and frequently recurring diseases can occur.
Diseases of the nails and hair are not just a question of beauty. These indicators should not be overestimated either, but they should be taken seriously. In this case, taking it seriously means ruling out other causes and consulting your family doctor. Under no circumstances should the visit to the doctor be postponed if other symptoms of zinc deficiency occur at the same time.