A deficiency of zinc can lead to a wide variety of degenerative diseases and illnesses. Zinc deficiency is common due to depletion of our soil and losses associated with food processing. Zinc aids in: the proper assimilation of vitamins, normal growth and development, maintenance of body tissues, sexual function, immune system, chemical detoxification, synthesis of DNA, and helps reduce healing time both before and after surgery. It is an anti-oxidant, and must be in proper balance to assist some 25 enzymes in various functions involving digestion, metabolism, and reproduction.
Because zinc moves through all the fluids in the body, it creates a defense against infection-causing bacteria and viruses trying to enter the body and stops bacterial and viral replication. Zinc is stored in the thyroid, pancreas, liver, kidneys, bones, voluntary muscles, prostate, sperm, skin, hair, nails, white blood corpuscles and parts of the eyes.
Some symptoms of a zinc deficiency:
Anorexia & Bulimia
Loss of smell and taste
Urinary tract infections
Free radical damage
Natural sources: oysters, red meat, liver, egg yolks, whole grains, nuts, legumes, poultry, seafood, Brewers yeast, mushrooms.