The Benefits of Zinc and How To Spot a Deficiency Faster

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We know that these are incredibly stressful times. Being unsure of the world around us every day with the pandemic can be hard on us, mentally and physically. Even with the vaccine right around the corner, our lives are different now. We may worry more about our loved ones, our work, and our lack of physical interaction.

Stress like this has been known to raise cortisol levels, lower serotonin, and also is linked to a weaker immune system. Seems ironic that the one thing we need right now, our immune system, is impacted negatively by worrying about our health.

But this article is not meant to be doom and gloom! Fortunately, we can be proactive about our health, and not just react when stressors have us feeling under the weather.

 

Without a Trace

There are many vitamins and minerals that, when taken alone or together, are proven to support whole body health when you get the right amounts. While we love all our EZ Melts supplements, there’s one that certainly deserves the spotlight: a trace mineral known as zinc.

Zinc can be hard to trace--no really, it’s a trace mineral in the human body, meaning we only need a tiny amount for it to do its job.

Zinc is essential in aiding over 300 enzymes that exist to help with digestion, metabolism, nerve function and the immune system, to name a few.

Zinc also helps the body to create new protein and DNA—essential for cell health. Your body is held together quite literally by constantly churning replicas of your DNA—you are a cloning machine, without even realizing it! That’s why it’s super important for pregnant women as well as for developing children, as it supports healthy and essential growth.

 

Signs of Deficiency and How to Fix It

Zinc isn’t stored in the body, so we have to get it in food and supplements. There are a ton of foods that have high levels of zinc, such as beans and legumes, red meat, shellfish, dairy products, eggs, etc., but due to allergies and sensitivities as well as diets, some people might be more at risk of zinc deficiency because of the restrictions.

In this case, it may be hard to get what you need in food sources. If you are experiencing symptoms of zinc deficiency, consider talking to your doctor about taking a supplement to bridge the gap. Symptoms of zinc deficiency can include:

  •       Lower immunity
  •       Loss of appetite
  •       Slower wound healing
  •       Hair loss
  •       Swollen tongue
  •       Erectile dysfunction
  •       Lower sensations of smell and taste

It’s important to have a daily routine of feeding your body the nutrients it needs--including zinc--and supplements are the easiest and quickest way of ensuring you get the correct amount.

Not already taking zinc? Check out our Zero Sugar, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO quick melting zinc tablets in a customer-approved delicious flavor!


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Written by Annie-Eliza Stevens