Zinc

Zinc is a nutrient found throughout the body, it helps the immune system and metabolism function. Zinc is also important to wound healing and sense of taste and smell.

FOOD SOURCES OF ZINC.

– Beans

– Meats

– Nuts

– Fish

– Seafood

– Whole grain cereals

BENEFITS OF ZINC

1. Immune function

The body needs zinc for the immune system to work properly. Low levels of zinc can increase the risk of infections, such as pneumonia.

2. Treating diarrhea

Zinc helps to shorten bouts of diarrhea, especially in those who do not have a nutritious diet.

3. Wound healing

Zinc plays a role in maintaining healthy skin. People with long-term wounds or ulcers often have low zinc levels. Healthcare professionals may recommend zinc supplements for people with persistent wounds. zinc plays a key role in every stage of wound healing, from skin repair to preventing infections.

4. Chronic diseases

Zinc has antioxidant properties, as such it can help reduce oxidative stress which can lead to chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and other aspects of metabolic syndrome.

5. Sexual health

Low zinc level may lead to delayed sexual development, fertility problems, and other sexual health issues. zinc is essential to male sexual health as it serves as antioxidant and hormone balancer.

6. Osteoporosis

Zinc plays an essential role in bone formation and health. It may help prevent osteoporosis.

Written by Osuegbu Lilian Nkechi.

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