Benefits of zinc
Zinc is necessary for cell growth, development, and proliferation. Zinc is made up of hundreds of enzymes in the human body, and it is involved in the hematopoietic process. Zinc also supports the immune system and helps wounds to heal.
It plays a role in the development of the genitals, the functioning of the prostate, and the activity of female sex hormones. As zinc contributes to the production of collagen, it is also important for the skin, teeth, bones, and blood vessels.
Zinc in food and sources
Vegetarians are recommended to consume up to 30% more zinc. It is abundant in kama flour, liver, meat, cheese, and seeds. Zinc is also found in bread, legumes, nuts, whole grains, and eggs.
Uses of zinc
Zinc is used to maintain normal vision because it plays a role in vitamin A metabolism and the visual process. Zinc is necessary for the action of insulin, as well as for the normal development of taste receptors. It is also used to treat growth problems and diarrhea in children.
Zinc should be obtained in a balanced way from both animal and vegetable products. Phytic acid, oxalates, and some other organic acids also contribute to the uptake of the mineral in food.
Zinc deficiency can cause hair to turn gray prematurely. In case of deficiency, hair may fall out and scalp damage and dandruff may occur. Zinc deficiency can be caused by consuming too much salty or sweet food, but also as a result of high stress, excessive sweating, and medication.
Zinc side effects and overdose
Zinc overdose often results from excessive intake of supplements. This can lead to nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain, and a change in taste.
Where can buy zinc in Estonia?
In Estonia, zinc can be purchased from our e-shop fits.ee. Zinc is also sold in FITS Tallinn stores located at Haabersti 1, Tallinn (E-R 10-20; L: 10-15) and Linnamäe tee 3, Tallinn (E-R 10-20; L: 10-15). The stores are located in shopping malls next to the checkouts.