Importance of Zinc for the Immune System
Zinc belongs to minerals, whose role for the normal functioning of the organism is unique. Its importance is reflected in the prevention of colds and infections, but it is also necessary for proper growth and development.
Zinc mineral is probably one of the most important minerals in the body that affects many processes and one of the key roles it plays in protein synthesis of genes in DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid). It affects wound healing, heart health, the prostate gland, the proper functioning of the pancreas and the reproductive system. The lack or insufficient intake of zinc in the body, for example, leads to problems in the synthesis of testosterone, which directly affects the reproduction, which is why often zinc is also called a potency mineral.
Like chromium, zinc is one of the trace minerals in the body. Since the body does not produce zinc, it is necessary to bring it daily through the foods that possess it or through the preparations containing it. Zinc-rich foods are primarily veal liver, red beef, pork and chicken, shellfish, tuna, eggs, integral cereals, soy, beer yeast, dairy products, pumpkin seeds, sunflowers, peanuts, nuts, almonds, cucumber, onions, peas, spinach, beans, tomatoes, bananas, strawberries, cocoa.
During periods of increased virus activity and respiratory infections that cause it, zinc helps protect the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose, preventing viruses from penetrating the body. As a powerful antioxidant, it has a great effect on wound healing and helps preserve the nervous system. Excessive intake of this mineral, in amounts of 150 to 500 mg per day, can cause disruption of the nervous system.
See the following video for the function that zinc mineral performs in the body.
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