Zinc.....Just the Facts!
A mineral essential to the body, and has the
chemical symbol-ZN. Zinc is a constituent of many enzymes that permit
to proceed at normal rates. It is involved in the manufacture of
synthesis) and in cell division. Zinc is also a constituent of
insulin and is concerned
with the sense of smell. According to the National Academy of
Sciences, the Recommended
Dietary Allowances of zinc are 12 milligrams per day for women and 10
milligrams per day
for men. Food sources of zinc include meat including liver, eggs,
seafood, nuts and
Deficiency of zinc is associated with short stature, anemia, increased pigmentation of skin (hyperpigmentation), enlarged liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly), impaired gonadal function (hypogonadism), impaired wound healing, and immune deficiency.
Too much zinc can cause gastrointestinal irritation (upset stomach), interfere with copper absorption and cause copper deficiency, and (like too little zinc) cause immune deficiency.
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