Zinc

what it does:

burn and wound healing, enzyme function, brain development and function, carbohydrate digestion, bone growth, prostate gland function, maintenance of hormone levels, growth and maturity of sex organs, vitamin B1, phosphorus, protein and essential fatty acid metabolism, mobilisation of vitamin A from the liver

bodily parts affected:

blood, muscles, arteries, heart, lung, liver, kidneys, pancreas, thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands, spleen, intestinal lining, prostate gland, testes

deficiency symptoms:

lethargy, apathy, poor concentration, depression, irritability, aggression, unwillingness to learn, dyslexia, behavioural problems

loss of sense of taste, loss of sense of smell, night blindness, painful joints, cold extremities, immune deficiency (allergy, infections)

prolonged wound healing, sores on mucous membranes of mouth and throat, white flecks on nails, stretch marks on the skin, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, boils, poor hair health, dandruff, loss of hair, hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol

delayed sexual developments, immaturity of sexual organs, retarded onset of menstruation, infertility, prostate problems, low sperm count, lack of sperm motility, impotence, increased risk of miscarriage or congenital malformations

antagonists:

alcohol, tea, coffee, bran, stress, pancreatic insufficiency, malabsorption, contraceptive pill, diuretics, steroids, penicillamine, excessive calcium, iron, or copper, lead, cadmium, lack of phosphorus

food sources:

muscle and organ meats, poultry, egg yolk, seafood, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, sunflower seeds, nuts, whole grains, pulses, fruit, vegetables

Note:

zinc is much better absorbed from meat than vegetable sources; breast milk is high in easily absorbable zinc

Health information is not a substitute for good diagnosis,
and a doctor should be consulted when illness is present