Will you recognize the signs of Zinc deficiency?

Did you know that zinc deficiency plays a role in nearly every major disease including diabetes and cancer?

Zinc deficiency is known to impact attention and motor disorders in young babies that can often continue into adulthood.

You will also have the signs of a possible Zinc deficiency if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Poor sense of taste or smell
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne or greasy skin
  • Growth retardation in children
  • Delayed sexual maturation
  • Lack of appetite
  • Pale skin
  • White marks on fingernails
  • Low fertility and impotence
  • Mental lethargy and tendency for depression

Why would you have a shortage of zinch in your diet?

Research indicates that generally half the population gets less than half the RDA requirement of zinch from their daily diet.

There is a general shortage of zinc in a large part of our diets because 75% of zinc is destroyed in the milling process of wheat flour.

Zinc deficiency also occurs because heat also destroys zinc and it is therefore also lost in cooking process.

This provides one of the good reasons why the you should explore the benefits of juicing.

What are the health benefits of zinc?

Zinc is considered to be the most important immune boosting mineral.

Zinc is a trace mineral that you need to include in your diet on a daily basis.

There is very little doubt amongst researchers that zinc assists greatly in the fight against infections and you will therefore find it available in most antioxidant supplements.

Zinc is a component of over two hundred enzymes in the body.

You need zinc benefits include the fact that it -

  • is essential for growth
  • is important for healing
  • controls hormones
  • aids your ability to cope with stress
  • promotes a healthy nervous system –especially in a growing fetus
  • aids bone and teeth formation
  • helps the conditioning of hair
  • stabilize your metabolism for constant energy

You need Zinc for optimal sexual performance

health benefits of zin

Zinc plays an important role in male sexual functions.

Particularly high concentrations of zinc are present in the prostate gland and semen.

Male semen contains 100 times more zinc than is found in general blood levels.

The more sexually active a man the more zinc he will require.

The recommended amounts of zinc for adult men are 1/3 higher than those for women.

Oysters have the highest zinc content of any food. So there is definite truth to the old sayings that oysters are aphrodisiacs.

Zinc is important for fertility in both men and women.

Zinc supports your blood sugar balance and metabolic rate

Zinc is necessary to make insulin.

Insulin is required to move sugar from our bloodstream into our cells. When our diet do not provide us with sufficient levels of zinc, our blood sugar becomes more difficult to stabilize.

Our metabolism also depends on zinc for its regulation.

When zinc is inadequate in our diet, our metabolic rate drops.

Zinc supports your immune function

Zinc is involved in anti-oxidation and has been shown to affect your immune power positively.

Which foods are the best for optimal zinc intake?

Zinc is therefore found in higher levels in animals than in plants. There is thus a risk of a vegetarian diet being low in zinc.

Zinc is generally available in oysters, nuts, peas, meat products, eggs, whole-wheat grains, oats and pumpkin seeds.

But consider that in the processing of wheat extraction, wheat flour that is used to make breads, baked goods, and pastas almost 75% of the original zinc is lost.

So the question then is - what is the best food source for zinch when you are on a vegan diet?

What then are the best zinc foods to include in your juicing recipes?

zinch deficiency vegan diet

A food with very good levels of zinc that is appropriate to include in your juicing recipes is Spinach.

Other good sources of zinc foods you can include in your juicing recipes are the following:

  • asparagus
  • Swiss chard
  • collard greens
  • broccoli
  • mustard greens
  • and ginger root

One more reason to maximise your zinc intake from your food is that according to the webmd site,  taking more than 100 mg of supplemental zinc daily or taking supplemental zinc for 10 or more years doubles the risk of developing prostate cancer.

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