Zinc is an essential micronutrient required for many enzyme reactions and bodily functions. It is essential for growth and physical development, and for the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
A zinc deficiency may play a role in many chronic diseases, but it is best known for its pivotal role in the immune system. Zinc deficiency is known to cause the thymus to shrink and lead to an imbalance of immune cells. Thymulin, a zinc-containing thymus gland hormone, needs zinc to exert its biological activity and serum levels of active thymulin decline with aging. A significant percentage of the elderly have low serum zinc levels due to inadequate intake, impaired metabolism, inflammation and infection.
Zinc supplementation is commonly considered in men as it supports prostate and sperm health. The prostate is known to have the highest levels of this mineral of any organ in the male body. Most studies have found that low levels of zinc in the prostate are associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH): a disorder that can cause multiple urinary issues due to enlargement of the prostate.
- Country of origin: USA
- Starting material: Zinc oxide, Citric acid
- Stored form: White to off white powder