Zinc Supplements

Zinc is not only an essential mineral for the health of your body, it is the second-most abundant trace mineral in your body and is present in every cell. It is used in countless ways, including the activity of over 300 enzymes that aid in metabolism, digestion, nerve function, and more. Our bodies cannot make zinc itself which means we have to obtain it from our diet or, when needed, zinc supplements. 

Why is Zinc important?

Zinc plays a role in many bodily functions including supporting our immune system, skin, hair, eyes as well as protein and DNA synthesis and wound healing. We have no specialized zinc storage system in our body which meaRead More...

Zinc is not only an essential mineral for the health of your body, it is the second-most abundant trace mineral in your body and is present in every cell. It is used in countless ways, including the activity of over 300 enzymes that aid in metabolism, digestion, nerve function, and more. Our bodies cannot make zinc itself which means we have to obtain it from our diet or, when needed, zinc supplements. 

Why is Zinc important?

Zinc plays a role in many bodily functions including supporting our immune system, skin, hair, eyes as well as protein and DNA synthesis and wound healing. We have no specialized zinc storage system in our body which means our zinc levels need to be restored every day, making zinc supplements (zinc vitamins) necessary if you don't get enough through your dietary intake. 

Zinc is important in digestive functions as it's through our digestive system that we absorb all the nutrients we need to keep us healthy. The intestinal wall is a protective layer but it also is permeable, a necessary function achieved through the mucosal layer. The mucosal layer covers the entire wall of the digestive system alongside a thin layer of cell walls that allow tiny food molecules to pass into the bloodstream. Gut cells would be vulnerable without the protection of the mucosal barrier and zinc helps preserve this layer. Therefore, without zinc, the gut's protective layer is compromised, causing digestive problems that decrease nutrient absorption and protection against bad bacteria.

The gut houses good bacteria that help us fight off sickness so keeping it healthy and operating at an optimal level with enough zinc is important for a strong immune system. This is also part of the reason why a zinc vitamin has become a popular treatment for the common cold (with some studies finding that zinc may reduce the duration of a cold by a full day!). We offer some of the best zinc supplements, including our great-tasting chewable zinc vitamin with elderberry (the combination with elderberry is perfect for treating colds as elderberry is long-known for its immune-boosting and antioxidant properties).

Alongside general gut health, Zinc is also important for the production of digestive enzymes. These enzymes help break down our food into smaller molecules that can pass easily into the bloodstream. Again, this affects the absorption of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and protein and encourages a healthy metabolism. Therefore, zinc supplements are sometimes prescribed alongside a calorie-restricted diet to aid weight loss.

From head to toe, every part of your body uses zinc including your eyes. Zinc is involved in the formation of visual pigments in your retina and is necessary to convert vitamin A to retinol (a light-absorbing protein in your eye). This has lead to zinc supplements being tested for their ability to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD or worsening eye-sight as you get older). Although further studies are needed, improvement in visual sharpness was observed in people taking zinc vitamins versus those who received placebo pills.

Zinc also plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. Supplements might not directly increase the speed of hair growth, but including zinc in your diet or collection of supplements will help with maintaining healthy hair and preventing hair loss. This is because zinc keeps the oil glands around the follicles working properly.

Then we move onto the most commonly known benefit of zinc - skin health. Wound healing and scar formation are hugely affected by zinc which regulates the whole process from membrane repair, coagulation, tissue re-epithelialization (creating a barrier between the wound and environment) to reducing inflammation. And finally, we come to one of the biggest reasons people use zinc supplements: acne treatment.

Read more about why zinc helps with acne and other conditions.

frunutta Zinc + C - 90 Tablets

frunutta Zinc + C - 90 Tablets

Regular price $14.99

Zahler Zinc+Elderberry - 90 Lozenges

Zahler Zinc+Elderberry - 90 Lozenges

Regular price $21.95

ForestLeaf SAMBUCUS ELDERBERRY Immune Booster + Zinc & Vitamin C - 60 Capsules

ForestLeaf SAMBUCUS ELDERBERRY Immune Booster + Zinc & Vitamin C - 60 Capsules

Regular price $21.95

Maxi Health Maxi Zinc 30 - 100 Capsules

Maxi Health Maxi Zinc 30 - 100 Capsules

Regular price $21.46

A zinc deficiency is difficult to measure because it is tightly contained throughout our body within proteins and nucleic acids, so it's possible for tests to overlook a zinc deficiency in different parts of the body.

Zinc Deficiency Symptoms:

Apart from all the already known benefits of Zinc to the body, studies are underway testing zinc as a treatment for herpes, high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, and more. And although the evidence of zinc's benefits for these conditions is inconclusive, maintaining your zinc levels is still important, especially as a zinc deficiency may cause:

  • Delayed sexual maturation
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Eye and skin lesions
  • Growth delays
  • Hair loss
  • Impaired immune function
  • Loss of appetite
  • Taste abnormalities

At-Risk Groups:

Zinc deficiencies are not common in Northern America, but you should still be on the alert if you fall into any of the following categories typically at risk of zinc deficiency:

  • Over 60 years of age
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Breast-feeding women
  • Cancer
  • Diarrhea
  • Chronic liver or kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Inflammatory bowel disorders, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Malabsorption syndrome
  • Some Pregnant women
  • Sickle cell disease

 

The Best Zinc Supplement for the Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarians are also at higher risk of zinc deficiency because they do not eat meat or seafood. They may require up to 50% more than the RDA to account for reduced zinc absorption because of the presence of phytates found in grains, nuts, and legumes which can reduce the absorption of minerals, such as zinc. Our instant dissolve Zinc and Vitamin C tablets are perfect for quick absorption to counter this. No matter what your dietary requirements or restrictions, making sure you are ingesting enough zinc is important for every cell of your body so find the best zinc supplement for you to live your healthiest life.

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