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The Health Benefits of Zinc

By Paul Rothbart

Zinc is a metal that is an important nutrient for good health. One of the essential trace minerals, zinc is one of the very few nutrients that are present in every single one of the body's tissues. That alone should be a solid indicator of its importance. A zinc deficiency can cause numerous problems and so it is important to get your daily recommended allowance. Taking a supplement is a good idea if your zinc levels are low. Here are some of the benefits of this mineral.

It Prevents Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals attack the body's cells. These harmful molecules are ingested or inhaled in pollutants. Cellular damage can cause mutation and lead to chronic diseases such as cancer. Zinc is an antioxidant that fights free radicals and helps prevent oxidative stress. This can reduce your risk of disease.

It Helps the Immune System

Zinc also has antibacterial and antiviral properties that help the immune system fight illnesses caused by harmful microbes. Zinc may even be more effective against the common cold than the old stalwart Vitamin C. Research has found that zinc can help reduce the length of a cold as well as prevent you from getting on in the first place.

It's Good for Hormonal Health

The balance of the body's hormones, such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone are important to both reproductive and overall health. Sexual dysfunction is often caused by a hormonal imbalance. Taking zinc supplements can help the body restore and maintain that vital balance in both men and women.

It's Good for Cardiovascular Health

Zinc helps fight inflammation and oxidation, both of which can be harmful to the heart and cardiovascular system. It plays an important role in cardiovascular health. The layer of cells that protects arteries and veins, called the endothelium, is made up partly of zinc. The mineral helps this layer stay strong and provide protection to the blood vessels.

It Helps Digestion

People who are having digestive issues often find out that it's caused by a zinc deficiency. Making sure to get the recommended daily allowance of zinc can help prevent these problems.

It Helps Prevent Diabetes

Another hormone that zinc helps regulate is insulin. Insulin has the essential job of managing the body's blood sugar levels. If you don't have enough insulin or have an insensitivity to it, you can experience blood sugar spikes and eventually diabetes. Zinc can prevent this from happening by ensuring that your body produces enough insulin.

There are many minerals that your body needs to stay healthy. Zinc is one of the most important. Taking supplements is a good idea to ensure you get enough of it to stay healthy.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Derby, Kans.

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