An essential trace element for human nutrition, zinc is an integral part of of many enzymes systems, including DNA polymerase. It is essential in the synthesis of over 80 types of body enzymes. It is essential for our body development, genetic immunity, endocrine system, maintaining the health of our bodily fluids.
Lack of zinc causes imbalance in our body, such as malnutrition, loss of memory, movement disorders, thought disorders, senile dementia, and male infertility. Lack of zinc also affects the quality of the semen and sperm and also inhibits the development of the sex glands, and this ultimately leads to infertility. It helps in boosting libido and preventing premature ejaculation.
Zinc is involved in a multitude of human body functions and is part of many enzyme system with regard to metabolism. Zinc is part of alcohol dehydrogenase which helps the liver detoxify alcohol. Zinc is also thought to help utilize and maintain body levels of vitamin A. Through this action, zinc may help maintain healthy skin cells and thus may be helpful in generating new skin after burns or injury. By helping collagen formation, zinc may also improve wound healing. Zinc aids the skin’s oil glands and so may help in acne problems.
Zinc helps in multiplexing development and growth of cells. Insufficient intake of zinc slows down the development of children, resulting in small body frame. Apart from strengthening the body immune system, zinc maintain and helps in the development of eye sight. It helps in eye sight by converting vitamin A to it biologically active form. Very effective for fighting foggy vision and shortsightedness.
Zinc is needed for lactate and malate dehydrogenase, both important in energy production. Zinc is a factor for enzyme alkaline phosphate, which helps contribute phosphates to bones. Zinc is also part of bone and tooth structure. zinc is important to male sex organ function and reproductive fluids. It is in high concentration in the prostate gland as well as in the eye, liver and muscle tissue suggesting its function in those areas.
Zinc is important for synthesis of nucleic acid, DNA and RNA. In fact, we are finding that zinc has some antioxidant function. As part of superoxide dismutase (SOD), it helps protects cells from free radicals. Through this antioxidant effect, zinc is also helpful in cell membrane structure and function. Zinc has also been shown to support immune function. Zinc will improve antibody and can improve cell mediated immunity by helping regulate the function of the white blood cells. A somewhat higher amount of zinc has caused an increased in production of T lymphocytes, important agents in cell mediated immunity.
Zinc is important to normal insulin activity and seems related to normal taste sensation. Zinc may help artery linings. It may also be involved in brain function. In maintaining acid alkaline balance through carbonic anhydride another zinc containing enzymes and in phosphorus metabolism.
Zinc deficiency may be an underlying factor in those people who become environmentally sensitive. This is just one example of where further zinc research may be valuable.