Applications for Health Improvement
- Supports enzymatic reactions and protein metabolism
- Promotes immune and reproductive health
- Supports antioxidant activity
- Plays a role in sensory perception
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Zinc is an essential trace mineral and more than 300 enzymes depend on zinc for their normal activities in cellular metabolism. As a cofactor, zinc participates in carbohydrate and protein metabolism. This pivotal role in protein metabolism impacts wound healing, DNA synthesis, normal inflammatory response and normal growth and development during childhood, adolescence and pregnancy . Zinc helps maintain the structural integrity of cell membranes by assisting them in their normal function and protects them from oxidative damage .
Research in human subjects of various ages suggests that zinc supplementation decreases oxidative stress markers, supports a normal response to inflammation, and appears to be a factor in balancing TH1 and TH2 immune cell activity [3,4]. Skin and mucous membranes also depend on zinc for their maintenance and integrity [3,5]. Zinc supports healthy vision in general, especially as we age .
Zinc is highly concentrated in the liver, pancreas, kidneys, bone, muscles, eyes, prostate gland, sperm, skin, hair, and nails .
The body has no specialized system for storing zinc, so daily intake and absorption is essential . Phytates are antioxidant compounds found in whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Excessive consumption of wheat and whole grain products can bind minerals (including zinc) and inhibit their bioavailability resulting in compromised absorption of dietary zinc .
Our Zinc Glycinate is a high-potency source of zinc formulated for enhanced absorption. In this form, zinc is coupled with two glycine molecules to facilitate its absorption across the intestinal wall and reduce interference from phytates and competing minerals .
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