The Power Of ZINC!
Did you know that zinc is powerful, so powerful that it saves lives? Well, now you will after you read this amazing post! Zinc has many benefits for everyone. Today I will discuss what this supplement does and how it helps, I will also include how it has saved my life.
What Is Zinc?
Zinc is a metal. It is called an “essential trace element” because very small amounts of zinc are necessary for human health. WebMD
Other names: Acétate de Zinc, Acexamate de Zinc, Aspartate de Zinc, Atomic Number 30, Chlorure de Zinc, Citrate de Zinc, Gluconate de Zinc (this is the one I have to take in order to live… so you can say I’m a fan of it), Méthionine de Zinc, Monométhionine de Zinc, Numéro Atomique 30, Orotate de Zinc, Oxyde de Zinc, Picolinate de Zinc, Pyrithione de Zinc, Sulfate de Zinc, Zinc Acetate, Zinc Acexamate, Zinc Aspartate, Zinc Chloride, Zinc Citrate, Zinc Difumarate Hydrate, Zinc Gluconate, Zinc Methionine, Zinc Monomethionine, Zinc Murakab, Zinc Orotate, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Picolinate, Zinc Pyrithione, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Sulphate, Zincum Aceticum, Zincum Gluconicum, Zincum Metallicum, Zincum Valerianicum, Zn
Why We Need Zinc
Our bodies need zinc to live a healthy life, hence the meaning ‘essential trace element.’ People who eat meats, seafood, dairy products, nuts, legumes, and whole grains may not need a zinc supplement. But for those who lack in zinc may experience numerous symptoms ranging from generalized hair loss to slow wound healing to even vision trouble and skin problems, etc… And those people may need to check their zinc levels and start taking a zinc supplement.
This section is from WebMD
- boosting the immune system to treating the common cold and recurrent ear infections, and preventing lower respiratory infections. It is also used for malaria and other diseases caused by parasites.
- eye disease called macular degeneration, for night blindness, and for cataracts.
- high blood pressure
- acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
- ther uses include treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- blunted sense of taste (hypogeusia)
- ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- severe head injuries
- Crohn’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Down syndrome
- Hansen’s disease
- ulcerative colitis,
- peptic ulcers
- promoting weight gain in people with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa.
- Some people use zinc for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- male infertility, erectile dysfunction (ED)
- weak bones (osteoporosis), rheumatoid arthritis, and muscle cramps associated with liver disease.
- Some athletes use zinc for improving athletic performance and strength.
- Zinc is also used for sickle cell disease and inherited disorders such as acrodermatitis enteropathica, thalassemia, and Wilson’s disease (this is what I have, caused me to have liver failure May 2012 and I almost lost my life)… Want to know more about Wilson’s Disease? click here!
Safety Note: Many zinc products also contain another metal called cadmium. This is because zinc and cadmium are chemically similar and often occur together in nature. Exposure to high levels of cadmium over a long time can lead to kidney failure. The concentration of cadmium in zinc-containing supplements can vary as much as 37-fold. Look for zinc-gluconate products. Zinc gluconate consistently contains the lowest cadmium levels.
My Personal Experience
The funny thing is… before I had my liver failure I never really believed in supplements, EVEN with my fitness and nutrition education/background. I always believed in eating healthy and exercising, so I guess you could have called me old fashion in that respect. But after being ill (very ill) and almost losing my life to were my family was told I had 24-48 hours to live, going through the pain, blah, blah, blah and being told I have Wilson’s Disease and needed to take meds for the rest of my life to live, well that changed my opinion on SUPPLEMENTS and Medication all together.
Fun Fact: A Wilson’s Disease patient needs a prescription Zinc supplement 5 times the amount than a healthy person.
The Scoop On W.D.
People who have Wilson’s Disease have livers that do not process COPPER in the foods and drinks we consume (another essential trace mineral), and over the years the copper builds up until it reaches toxic levels and can be fatal. Well there are only a few different types of meds a Wilson’s patient can take to help us bind up the copper and excrete it.
I first was given a hard chelating drug (Trientine) for the first 3 1/2 years of recovery, it was a love-hate relationship with this drug… While it was saving my life (thank God) the side effects were not fun at all and it was VERY costly, my pharmacist said it was the most expensive drug she’d ever dispensed. Well, my Doctor took notice that the price was increased by 3x the amount, to $20+K for a months supply and I could no longer afford it. He decided I was ready to be put on Zinc and we went for it… I was very scared changing meds because I didn’t know if it would work and thought this might send me back to the hospital… BUT I’m happy to report I love zinc because there’s no side effect (unless I don’t eat enough with the pill and then I get nauseous).
It’s important to give our bodies the proper amount of minerals and vitamins, not too much and not too little, juuussstttttt right! I encourage each and every one of you to head to the doctors and take a simple lab test (yes, a needle is involved)… they’ll test your blood to see where you range on all your essential Vitamins/Minerals, then if you’re deficient in one or a few you can ask them for a recommendation to a healthy and safe supplement and better food choices… Your health is worth it!
Take care readers!
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photo 2 by: thehealthypatch.com.au
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