WHAT IS ZINC?
Zinc, a nutrient found throughout your body, helps your immune system and metabolism function. Zinc is also essential to wound healing and your sense of taste and smell. It is considered to be an essential nutrient, meaning that your body can’t produce or store it. That being said, with a varied diet, your body usually gets enough zinc. Unfortunately in today’s day and age, many of us suffer from malabsorption, which leads to malnutrition. With autoimmune conditions on the rise (due to environmental factors and our food sources), it is very common for people to be deficient in a variety of essential nutrients. Furthermore, these are tough to detect because even if bloodwork shows you have an abundance of nutrients, it may not be absorbed by the cells. We can get into that later. For now, if you are looking for nutrient supplementation that bypasses your digestive track, come to Fluid Revival. As your leaders for IV Therapy in Austin, Fluid Revival specializes in mobile treatment in your home or office.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ZINC IN THE BODY?
Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It is needed for the body’s defensive (immune) system to work correctly. It plays a role in cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates. Zinc is also needed for the senses of smell and taste. In addition, Zinc helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly.
Zinc is necessary for the activity of over 300 enzymes that aid in metabolism, digestion, nerve function, and many other processes. Thus, it’s critical for the development and function of immune cells. This mineral is also fundamental to skin health, DNA synthesis, and protein production. This amazing nutrient is also needed for your senses of taste and smell. Because one of the enzymes crucial for proper taste and smell is dependent on this nutrient, a zinc deficiency can reduce your ability to taste or smell.
WHAT ARE SOME NATURAL SOURCES OF ZINC?
If you are looking to get zinc from natural sources, they include but not limited to:
- Fish (Salmon, Tuna)
- Cheese (Ricotta, Swiss, Gouda)
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Shrimp, Crab and other Shellfish
WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF ZINC?
Zinc that’s used topically is known as zinc oxide. Zinc oxide cream, ointment, or paste is applied to the skin to prevent diaper rash and sunburn conditions.
Boosting Immune function
The body needs zinc for the immune system to work properly. Low levels of zinc can increase the risk of infections, such as pneumonia.
There is evidence that it can shorten bouts of diarrhea, especially in those who do not have a nutritious diet.
Zinc plays a role in maintaining healthy skin. People with long-term wounds or ulcers often have low zinc levels. Healthcare professionals may recommend zinc supplements for people with persistent wounds.
Zinc has antioxidant properties. As such, it can help reduce oxidative stress. Scientists believe that there is a link between oxidative stress and chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and other aspects of metabolic syndrome.
Age-related Macular Degeneration
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), zinc prevents cell damage in the retina, and it may help delay the progression of age-related macular degeneration and vision loss. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, it is unlikely to prevent degeneration.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects a person’s central vision. Images that used to be clear may start appearing blurred, and dark spots may appear, which get progressively more prominent.
Low zinc levels may lead to delayed sexual development, fertility problems, and other sexual health issues in males. While a zinc deficiency can negatively impact, too much zinc may lead to toxicity, which could be harmful to sperm.
Zinc plays an essential role in bone formation and health and may help prevent osteoporosis, according to research from 2020.
Researchers looked at 63 people who had headaches, tingling, and peripheral neuropathy, as well as deficiencies in zinc and other micronutrients. After treatment for these deficiencies, the participants reported improvements in their neurological symptoms.
The Common Cold
Studies from 2011 suggest that zinc lozenges may help shorten the duration of the common cold, but only with daily doses of over 75 milligrams (mg).
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF ZINC?
Oral zinc can cause Indigestion, Diarrhea, Headache, Nausea, and Vomiting. When oral zinc is taken long-term and in high doses, it can cause copper deficiency. People with low copper levels might experience neurological issues, such as numbness and weakness in the arms and legs.
WHAT IS THE PROPER DOSAGE OF ZINC?
The table below shows the recommended daily allowance of zinc, based on a person’s age and sex:
|0-6 mos.||2 mg||2 mg|
|7-12 months||3 mg||3 mg|
|1-3 years||3 mg||3 mg|
|4-8 years||5 mg||5 mg|
|9-13 years||8 mg||8 mg|
|14-18 years||11 mg||9 mg|
|19 years & above||11 mg||8 mg|
ZINC AND IV THERAPY
Looking for Zinc in your IV therapy infusion? Fluid Revival is an Austin mobile IV therapy clinic that services the greater Austin metropolitan area. Whether you are living in Bee Caves, Tarrytown or West Lake Hills, our mobile IV therapy team will come to your home, office or hotel room.