Zinc…What does it Do For Me?

August 22, 2011 by  
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Zinc is a mineral that is often ignored by individuals until they find out they’re deficient.  It’s understandable because it isn’t an emphasized substance in nutrition, although it should be.

The mineral has a number of functions in the body.  First of all, it is essential for growth and development in children.  In fact, it is needed long before they become children…it is essential for fetal development!  It aids in bone growth, wound healing and blood production.  It is needed for protein and vitamin A to carry on their functions in the body.  Zinc assists the digestive and immune systems and helps metabolize the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat).  It is also known that it affects behaviors and plays a role in gene expression.  Other functions include assisting enzymes with their functions and helping with cell development.

Besides its various functions, zinc provides the body with plenty of benefits!  Its oxidative properties may aid in the prevention and treatment of cancer, just like many other antioxidants.  Zinc is actually known to improve taste perception.  Because of this, it can aid in treating some anorexia patients.   Focus on zinc if you have tooth decay problems because it can inhibit the growth of disease causing bacteria.

An individual who is deficient in zinc may have a variety of symptoms.  They could have impaired immunity, taste and eyesight.  Anemia, hair loss and slow growth are other deficiency effects.  The digestive system could be compromised, resulting in diarrhea.  It is also known that hair loss and loss of appetite are symptoms of zinc deficiency.  People at the highest risk for zinc deficiency are: pregnant women, young children, elderly, low-income individuals, athletes and people on meat-restricted diets.  If you are part of any of these groups, see a doctor to determine if you need to be supplemented.

You can rely on various dietary sources to get an adequate amount of zinc.  Sea food, such as oysters, and shellfish are high in zinc, as are meats, poultry and milk products.  Zinc can also be obtained from legumes and whole grains, however, it is not absorbed as well from these sources.

Zinc can also be obtained from supplements such as UAS ActiVin which contains L-OptiZinc (zinc methionine).  Keep in mind that the mineral can be dangerous in high doses, so choose a supplement with 100% or less.  Zinc in high doses can block copper and iron absorption, which are other essential minerals that your body needs.

Talk to a doctor to find out how much zinc your body needs.  Your needs will vary based on your gender, age, and whether you are pregnant or lactating.

 

 

 

Brianna Elliott is a blog author at ProbioticSmart.com, and is a third year dietetics student.  She believes that it is important for people to learn about the mineral, zinc because of its essential functions in the body.
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Types Of Diet Pills

November 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Diet & Weight Loss, Product Reviews

There are such a large variety of diet pills available today that it can be challenging to tell one from another. While there are many different name brand pills, most of the diet pills today will fall within certain categories. Whether prescription or over the counter, most of them work in ways similar to others in their group.

Medical Pills

Prescription diet pills are most often given to patients who are clinically obese, or who have a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher. The best selling of these pills is Phentermine, also known as Adipex. These diet pills are very effective because they kill the appetite and make it much easier to drastically reduce food intake. Other appetite suppressant diet pills work in the same way that this one does: They cause the brain’s neurotransmitters to stop sending hunger signals.
Another category of prescription diet pills are the fat absorption inhibitors, such as Meridia and Xenical. These type of diet pills work by limiting the amount of fat that can be absorbed by the body. Since excess fat consumption results in unpleasant side effects such as oily stools, most patients find it easier to reduce their fat intake rather than risk the side effects.

Other popular diet pills today are over the counter drugs that use natural herbal supplements such as green tea to accelerate weight loss. Long term studies on such drugs have not yet been conducted, but there area some patients who feel that these natural diet pills work just as well as the prescription ones, without the side effects of feeling jittery.

Every patient is different but one thing is certain: There is a diet pill that can work for everybody out there. It is just a matter of choosing what is best for you.

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