Zinc: A Micronutrient with a Macro Punch!

By Marnie Macklin

When you hear ‘zinc’, you may immediately think of it as a cold & flu remedy, but do you know how important this mineral is for healthy hormone creation and balance? 

Zinc is essential for the synthesis, transport and action of all hormones in the body including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormone. Zinc is also important for nourishing ovarian follicles to promote healthy egg production, ovulation and fertilisation. 

Zinc is intricately involved in maintaining a healthy reproductive system and for normal functioning of almost every system in the body. Yet it is estimated that 1 in 3 of the world’s population are deficient.

Who might need it?

Recommended for vegans, vegetarians and women wanting to conceive, Zinc supports healthy cell function and protects against oxidative stress. Zinc is essential for those currently taking the oral contraceptive pill as it impairs absorption of this precious mineral. Zinc can also benefit numerous conditions like: PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, lowered immunity, skin healing (acne) and anxiety. 

So where can you find Zinc in your daily dose of wholefoods?

Zinc can be found in: Oysters, red meat, turkey, chicken, eggs, amaranth, legumes, buckwheat, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower seeds and so much more!

Luckily, there are so many different forms – with different qualities and quantities – of Zinc available today. If you suspect you might need more Zinc in your system, it may well be worth contacting your practitioner. Your hormones – and body – might thank you for it!

Zinc / PMS: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31154571

World Health Ogranisation (WHO): https://www.who.int/whr/2002/chapter4/en/index3.html

Marnie Macklin

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