Zinc
Information about Mineral Nutrition & Deficiency, Recommended Daily Allowance, Best Food Sources

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Minerals, Health & Weight Loss
Good diet nutrition is essential for optimum health - including efficient metabolism, stable blood sugar levels and appetite, all of which affect weight control and how fast we lose weight. Minerals play an essential role in this nutritional process.

Zinc

Zinc affects a wide range of body functions. We still don't really understand how it works or how beneficial it is. It may be even more important than we think. Unfortunately, deficiency is common especially among smokers, heavy drinkers, some vegetarians, people with long term illness and those on meagre diets.

Good sources of Zinc include

Shellfish, herring, wheatgerm, lean beef/lamb, free range eggs, lentils, Brazil nuts, almonds, chicken.

How Zinc helps

Boosts the immune system
Helps to protect against cancer, and prostate
Helps to increase male potency and sex drive
Good for the prevention & treatment of colds
Essential for proper cell maintenance
Good for sight, smell & taste

Zinc deficiency symptoms include

Poor appetite.
Lethargy.
Abnormal sight, smell or taste.
Low resistance to infection.
Hyperactivity in children.

Note:
Zinc levels are depleted by excessive sweating and food processing.

Recommended daily allowance for Zinc

US RDA: 15mg
EU RDA: 15mg

The Importance of a Balanced Diet
If you have been a regular follower of fad diets, regular fasting, single food diets, yo-yo dieting or diet/weight loss pills, you may already be deficient in vitamins and minerals. This may be why you find it difficult to lose weight, or sustain weight loss in the long term.

Solution: Follow a balanced diet that offers slow steady weight loss and includes advice on exercise. This Weight Loss Diet Program is a good choice.

For nutritional information on other minerals, click these links:

Calcium - Chromium - Copper - Iodine - Iron - Magnesium - Zinc
Manganese - Molybdenum - Phosphorus - Potassium - Selenium


 

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