The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Omega
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for zinc which is an essential trace mineral. Zinc is the twenty
fifth most abundant element in the earths crust. It is water
soluble and tends to be leached easily from our soils and from our
food. Zinc deficiencies are fairly common since much zinc is refined
and processed out of grains and other foods.
Zinc is needed
to make more than 100 different enzymes that control essential processes
throughout the body. Zinc is also involved in more bodily functions
than any other mineral. Zinc is important for normal growth and
development, body tissue maintenance, sexual function, immune response,
and detoxification of chemicals and metabolic irritants.
up wound healing. It is commonly used before and after surgery to
speed recovery time and reduce postoperative complications such
as wound infections. Zinc is also useful in treating skin problems
such as boils, bedsores, dermatitis and acne.
Zinc has also
been shown to support immune function. Zinc increases T lymphocyte
production and enhances other white blood cell functions. Studies
have verified that zinc is helpful in reducing the incidence and
severity of colds and flues. Zinc lozenges can provide dramatic
relief in some cases of sore throat.
is sometimes related to BPH, or benign prostate hypertrophy via
its relationship with cadmium. Cadmium competes with zinc for absorption
and it is actually cadmium toxicity that is linked to BPH. Zinc
supplementation helps balance the cadmium-zinc ratio and helps prevent
disorders are associated with zinc deficiency. These include acne,
cataracts, epilepsy, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, depression,
diabetes, chronic infections, infertility, learning disabilities
and environmental sensitivity. Loss of taste, brittleness of nails
and white spots on nails are all symptoms of zinc deficiency.
Zinc is found
in most animal foods such as meat, eggs and milk. Oysters are particularly
high in zinc. It is also abundant in whole grains and nuts. Pumpkin
seeds are high in zinc as is ginger.
The zinc that
is contained in whole grains is in the germ and bran which are refined
out in making white flour. Zinc is also lost in canning and cooking
as it is water soluble. Water was once a good source of zinc when
galvanized water pipes were used. Now copper pipes are used which
not only removes a source of zinc, but adds copper which competes
with zinc and sometimes displaces it.
The RDA for
zinc in adults is 15 mg., yet the average diet contains only about
10 mg. of zinc. For general maintenance, the average need is around
15-30 mg. per day, with 30-60 mg. needed to correct deficiencies.
For long term use, it is better to take zinc in combination with
other minerals so that other imbalances do not occur.
June 6, 2012
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2012 Margaret
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