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can deny the importance of beautiful appearance. Such beauty can be
gained by many ways; sometimes when trying to reach the ideals of beauty
people take the most extreme measures such as plastic surgery. But nowadays
it is vital to be not only beautiful but healthy as well. Long, shiny
hair that do not split, fresh-looking skin without acne and other imperfections,
healthy firm nails that do not chip and split are considered to be the
indicators of natural beauty which is of the highest value today.
Unfortunately, everyday stress, bad habits such as smoking, unhealthy
and irregular nutrition and environmental influences can impair the
appearance and health. Many of these factors may cause Zinc deficiency
that could lead not only to poor skin, hair and nails condition as the
result of incorrect metabolism and hormone functioning but also could
lead to many other health problems including problems with immune and
The element got its name in 1516 when it was renamed from "Paracelsus"
into "Zinc". But it was known long before the XVI century.
One of the first documented evidences of the zinc use for medical purposes
dates to 2000 BC when zinc salts were used as antivirus and antibacterial
medication. Further evidence of zinc use can be found in documents from
ancient India where zinc metal was very popular and its production was
a common thing. There are evidences that zinc mine sites existed in
1000-1300 BC in Zawarmaala. Later in 300 BC wide use of zinc in medicine
was documented in Charaka Samhita and in 800 AD the Rasaratna Samuccaya
explained the existence of two types of zinc, one of which could be
used in medicine and the other was perfect for metal production.
Nowadays zinc use for improving human health is studied by many scientists.
Yet, there are many enigmas in this mineral, but still no one can underestimate
the role of Zinc in human life.
is Zinc important?
Zinc is a fundamental mineral that can be found in almost every cell
of the human body. It is an integer part of over 200 enzymes. This mineral
is of prior importance for sense of smell, taste and eyesight.
Zinc is responsible for many body functions. It regulates the immune
system by helping cells to kill the viruses, microbes and other harmful
organisms including malignant (cancer) cells, regulates proper action
of hormones among which are insulin that is responsible for blood sugar
control, growth hormone responsible for normal organ development, sex
hormones that influence proper fetal and reproductive development and
many others. Zinc plays important role in metabolism and digestion as
well as in normal prostate functioning.
Zinc deficiency is believed to be the main reason for poor nail condition
such as deformed nails, hangnails, inflamed cuticles or white spots
in the nail plate. A few studies show that zinc citrate supplements
can help to get rid of nail abnormalities.
Besides this Zinc represented in the form of citrate is widely used
for fighting acne, pneumonia, diarrhea and other infections. It also
reduces the duration and severity of a common cold, enhances wound healing
and decrease inflammation.
What are the benefits of Zinc?
Many people are unaware about Zinc and Zinc citrate benefits. Most of
the positive effects of the mineral are predetermined by its natural
functions related to immune system, skin, hear and nails, hormones,
metabolism and digestion, prostate and reproductive organs as well as
hear, smell and sight organs.
Most common benefits of Zinc that are insured by the medical test are
" Help in maintaining and restoring the health of hair and nails
as well as healing skin wounds and skin conditions, such as acne, eczema,
and psoriasis. Zinc plays a fundamental role in collagen formation and
healthy tissue development. In conjunction with antioxidants Zinc shows
a pronounced anti-aging effect.
" Support of proper fetal and reproductive organs development and
functioning. Zinc proved to be essential for the prostate gland and
other reproductive organs. Notable improvements in sex life caused by
improvement of sexual function as the result of healthy prostate function
are observed in many cases.
" Colds severity and length reduction. When taken at the beginning
of cold Zinc shows to be effective in relieving the symptoms. It fights
sore throat, coughing, running nose and headaches caused by viruses.
If taken for a relatively long period of time, it may improve overall
immunity and further frequency of colds and risk of infections. Zinc
is also thought to be effective for treating herpes virus as it interferes
with the ability of the virus to replicate itself.
" Slowing the progression of macular degeneration which causes
vision loss especially in the elderly people. The results of the tests
also showed that long-term Zinc intake may reduce the risk of macular
degeneration later in life.
Who is at risk of Zinc deficiency?
There are multiple factors that influence Zinc levels reduction in human
body. Among these factors are stress, diarrhea, diabetes, liver disease,
kidney and liver diseases and high rate of alcohol consumption. It is
also a well know fact that the mineral is lost via perspiration that
is why athletes, those who do a lot of sport and those who live in hot
climatic zones or regularly visits saunas or steam rooms are at risk.
Zinc levels can also be reduced by some medications among which are
oral contraceptives, ulcer medications, some antibiotics, antiviral
medication and some diuretics. Among other factors that might influence
the amount of Zinc intake are poor soil levels of the mineral and food
Why to take supplements?
Despite the fact that Zinc presents in virtually every body cell, the
body does not produce zinc on its own. Zinc is not absorbed when consumed
with fiber, phytane (found in grains and legumes) as it is destroyed
during food preparation, hard water, calcium, copper and iron are also
useless due to the inability of Zinc absorption.
To enhance Zinc absorption it is frequently used in the form of oxide
or gluconate, but it is Zinc Citrate that proved to be highly effective
as it is easily absorbed. Zinc citrate is produced by combining zinc
and citrate which is a derivate from citric acid that represents a colorless
crystalline organic compound of carboxylic acid family. It is found
in all plants (mostly in citrus plants) and in many animal tissues and
fluids. In biochemistry, it is involved in important metabolism of almost
all living things. Citric acid works as an antioxidant and cleaning
agent in nature.
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mineral that are of extreme importance for the health of skin, hair
and acne treatment
Millions of people all over the world suffer from skin imperfections,
mostly acne, which is characterized by pimples, inflammations, blackheads,
and whiteheads. Though the problem is not life threatening, it can perform
certain inconveniencies related (in some cases) to lower self-estimation
or a negative self-image.
Such problem is rarely caused be untidiness. Stress, unhealthy or irregular
nutrition, environmental toxins, genetics, hormonal imbalance and some
medications are the most frequent causes of acne.
The most common factor for acne to appear is change in hormonal state
which might occur due to increase of male hormones or progesterone and
thus cause acne in adolescence and premenstrual. The extra hormones lead
to increased production of oil that blocks the pores. The inflammation
is an immune reaction to the bacteria getting stuck in the oil. Toxin
excretion via skin can become an acne cause. When the organs are filled
with toxins the skin tries to sweat them out. Toxins in sweat irritate
the tissues resulting in inflammation and acne.
It must be admitted that many studies have shown people with lower zinc
level in their bodies to be more likely to be subjected to acne and thus
zinc deficiency is considered to be one of the key factors of acne.
To fight acne most physicians recommend to take Zinc orally which compensate
for the Zinc deficiency, reduce inflammations and prevent bacteria replication
in the skin oil.
Zinc and Biotin for nails health
Studies conducted by numerous researchers reveled biotin (vitamin B) to
be a natural element which can make nails thicker, harder and firmer while
Zinc prevents nails deformation, cuticles inflammation and white spots
in the nail plate, it also can be helpful in treating yellow nails syndrome
Zinc and prostate cancer prevention and treatment
The researches all over the world dedicate a lot of time studying the
role of Zinc in prostate abnormalities. It is commonly assumed that Zinc
is effective element able to prevent and in some cases cure prostate abnormalities.
Such effect of Zinc is explained by the role this mineral plays in the
normal development of reproductive organs development. The assumption
of Zinc positive effect on prostate is proved by numerous tests.
Dosage and duration of treatment course
Zinc does not have any side effects in most cases unless personal intolerance
which can be indicated by diarrhea or metallic taste. These symptoms are
not life-threatening but it strongly recommended advising your physician
before starting to take Zinc capsules or if having any of the side-effects
The United States government has issued recommendations regarding maximum
daily doze for zinc which poses no risks to most people. Mostly maximum
dozes are not recommended unless serious health problems related to Zinc
The following maximum dozes are set:
" Infants 0-6 months - 4 mg
" Toddlers 7-12 months - 5 mg
" Young Children 1 to 3 years - 7 mg
" Children 4 to 8 years - 12 mg
" Children 9 to 13 years - 23 mg
" Teenagers 14 to 18 years - 34 mg
" Adults over 19 years - 40 mg
" Pregnant or nursing women - 40 mg (34 mg if 18 years old or younger)
As a rule average adult human needs 5 mg of Zinc for prevention of Zinc
deficiency and improvements in the state of skin, hair and nails as well
as for prevention of prostate cancer.
Remember that these are recommendations and advise your physician on the
doze for you.
There are also some interactions between zinc and certain medications
to be taken in consideration.
Interactions with other medications
Just like any other element Zinc has some specifics regarding interaction
with other medications. Despite the fact that Zinc is a natural, well-tolerated
mineral and has great number of positive effects it is strongly recommended
to advice a physician or health adviser prior to starting to take Zinc
The following feature of Zinc interactions with other medications should
" An extra doze of Zinc may be needed to those who take oral contraceptives
or medications that reduce stomach acid
" Separation of zinc doses and the medications that contain manganese;
calcium; iron; antacids; soy or Penicillamine, some antibiotics of tetracycline
families is advisable. The separation should be at least two hours as
Zinc interferes with those medications absorption . Also extra doses of
magnesium and copper may be needed.
" It is not recommended to take Zinc together with Amiloride unless
advised by a physician.
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