Over 300 enzymes in the body need Zinc to order to function properly. It is needed to make important antioxidant enzymes and is essential for protein synthesis and collagen formation. It governs the contractibility of muscles; helps in the formation of insulin and helps prevent macular degeneration (one of the most common causes of vision loss in the elderly), and helps prevent the onset of cataracts. It important for blood stability; exerts a normalizing effect on the prostate and is important in the development of all reproductive organs. Zinc is critical in the male sex drive and is involved in hormone metabolism, sperm formation and sperm motility. It helps prevent and reduces the length and severity of the common cold. It helps decrease cholesterol deposits; helps heal stomach ulcers, and may relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It prevents acne outbreaks, and regulates the activity of oil glands. It promotes a healthy immune system and the healing of wounds; has shown to be important in brain function and in the treatment of schizophrenia. Zinc makes your fingernails strong and gets rid of white spots on your nails. It helps prevent cancer sores, loss of appetite, taste and smell problems, dermatitis, and binge-eating. It is believed to retard the aging process.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in delayed sexual maturity, prolonged healing wounds, white spots on finger nails, retarded growth, stretch marks, fatigue, decreased alertness, susceptibility to infections.
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