Zinc is an important mineral and performs a myriad of functions in our body. Zinc is involved in the absorption and activity of vitamins especially the B complex vitamins. It helps eliminate cholesterol deposits, It is part of 25 enzymes related to digestion and has long been known as a “protector mineral” because it is an important building block of natural antioxidant enzymes made in the body such as glutathione, peroxidase, and super oxide dismutase.
Two studies further support zinc’s critical importance.
The September 2005 issue of the Journal of Nutrition (vol. 135, pp 2114-2118) reported that zinc deficiency was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease through inflammation. New research published online in the March 2006 issue of the journal Free Radical Biology in Medicine (doi:10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2006.03.017) further supports the oxidation/inflammation risk of deficiency.
Food sources of zinc include meat, fish, soya beans, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, onions and spinach.