Zinc

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SOURCES OF ZINC

Seafood-oysters, herring

Meats-beef, lamb, beef and pork liver

Nuts/Seeds- pumpkin, sunflower

Dairy-cheese

Grains-wheat germ

Miscellaneous-brewer’s yeast, maple syrup, bone meal, gluten, tea

ROLES IN THE BODY

Activator of many key enzymes

Growth and development

Male reproductive system

Insulin production and secretion

Prevention of cadmium and copper toxicity

FUNCTIONS

Circulatory-maintenance of artery walls

Respiratory-removal of carbon dioxide and maintenance of acid-base balance

Digestive-production of digestive enzymes, and normal liver function

Nervous-essential for brain development and neurotransmitters

Special senses-appetite regulation, smell and taste

Reproductive-testes, ovaries, prostate, male fertility

Endocrine-insulin and pituitary gonadotrophin secretion

Blood-red blood cells and blood proteins

Skeletal-bone integrity and prevention of osteoporosis

Skin-required for normal integrity of hair, skin, and nails

Protective-required for wound healing, and integrity of immune system

Metabolic-normal carbohydrate and protein metabolism

Detoxification-assists in removal of toxic accumulation of copper and cadmium

LOW IN SODIUM ZINC SYMPTOMS

Alcoholic cirrhosis

Arteriosclerosis

Cadmium toxicity

Carbohydrate intolerance

Birth defects

Copper toxic

Diabetes

Emotional problems

Failure to thrive

Fatigue

Hypoglycemia

Impotence

Hypothyroidism

Lack of taste and smell

Low appetite

Nervousness

Poor wound healing

Prostate problems

ZINC IN EXCESS SYMPTOMS

Iron deficiency anemia

Diarrhea

Mental depression

Nausea, vomiting

SYNERGISTIC NUTRIENTS

Magnesium, vitamins A, D, E, B6, high protein diet

ANTAGONISTIC NUTRIENTS

Absorption-copper, cadmium, iron, chromium, manganese, selenium, phytic acid, vegetarian diets, soy, cereals, fiber in diet

Metabolic-copper, iron, cadmium

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