Skin loves Zinc

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Did you know Zinc fights disease and protects the immune system? This essential trace mineral assists in wound healing including burns.

Zinc is present in all body tissues and is involved in many functions within the body. Zinc is essential also for the functioning of the skins oil glands. I find most acne clients are highly deficient in Zinc and therefore recommend they increase their intake of Zinc-rich foods or take a Zinc supplement.

The best sources of zinc is natural, unprocessed food. Wheat bran, Wheat germ, Brewers Yeast and pumpkin seeds are usually high in Zinc however making sure your foods are organic is advised as zinc can be exhausted from soil in over- farmed crops.

Recommended daily allowance for adults is 12 mg a day for women and 15mg a day for men.

If you have poor wound healing capacity, I would consider taking a Zinc supplement as it has shown to increase the healing time and provide a more structured collagen network giving your scar a more even and firm appearance.

Do you take Zinc on a daily basis? Or do you rely on Zinc-rich foods to provide you with your Zinc dose? What foods do you love to eat for your Zinc?

Pumpkin Seeds - a natural source of Zinc

Pumpkin Seeds – a natural source of Zinc

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2 thoughts on “Skin loves Zinc

  1. Hi Donna, I always love receiving your posts!! Just wondering what is the best way to ascertain if you are deficient in zinc? Can you overdose on zinc if you start supplementing without first checking your levels?
    Merry Xmas !!!!

  2. Hi Mel, It’s nice to hear from you!

    Zinc is relatively safe to take as long as you take the recommended dosage. Just make sure if you are taking Iron or Calcium supplementation to take Zinc at the other end of the day as these minerals. Also make sure you are taking Vitamin C as this helps with the release of Zinc from the liver. Most people are deficient in Zinc however, if you feel you would prefer to be tested first, you can go to a Naturopath and they can do a simple Zinc Tally to see if you are deficient.

    Enjoy your Christmas, be safe and stay healthy. See you in 2013! DCCxx

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