One nutrient deficiency can have a drastic effect on your health. We will illustrate by using zinc, but every nutrient is similar in that it is necessary for multiple body activities. What applies to zinc applies to all nutrients.
What is Zinc? Zinc is a mineral that is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism, being essential for activation of almost 200 enzymes that have vital roles in the body. When enzymes do not get activated, they cannot perform their necessary functions which, in turn, damages health. Zinc promotes healthy skin, hair, immunity, fertility, and growth.
What Does Zinc Do In The Body?
- Role in cell regulation;
- Required in immune function to fight off invading bacteria and viruses;
- Role in maintaining proper acid/base balance;
- Role in production of DNA and RNA (genetic material in all cells);
- Role in production of proteins;
- Required for lipid metabolism;
- Required for production of eicosanoids (signaling chemical);
- Essential for male and female fertility;
- Required in vitamin A metabolism (getting out of liver storage and transporting);
- Supports normal development during gestation, childhood and adolescence;
- Required for normal pregnancy and labor;
- Component of insulin (energy metabolism);
- Component of thymic hormones (immune function); and
- Component of gustin for sense of smell and taste (taste acuity).
What Can Go Wrong When Zinc is Deficient?
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