Sink without Zinc
by Herbalist Wendy Wilson
One thing you don’t want to be without especially during the cold and flu months is zinc. Most people know that zinc is important for your immune system. Zinc is also important for healthy nails, to help wounds heal fast, is needed during pregnancy, improves virility and improves our senses. How do you know if you are getting enough zinc? Let’s find out.
Zinc was first used as a metallic alloy. Ancient statues and ornaments with zinc have been unearthed dating as far back as 2,500 years. How did zinc get its name? It is believed that a German alchemist, Paracelsus, named the mineral during the medieval period in his book, Liber Mineralium II. He wrote about the crystal form with a needle-like structure calling it “zincum or zinken”. Over the centuries zinc has been called Indian tin, calamine and spinter. It is believed that the first use of zinc for medicinal use was in India between the 13th and 16th century where it is mentioned in the ancient ayurvedic text called Charaka Samhita. China discovered zinc in the 1700’s and Europe did not use zinc until the 1800’s when they imported it from China. During the early discovery of zinc it was known as an expensive metal because of how it was mined. In 1746 a German chemist, Andreas Marggraf, developed the extraction of zinc by heating it with carbon. The largest zinc mine in the world is the Red Dog mine located in Alaska. Over the centuries the study of zinc shows it is a unique metal and it is used to remove impurities from water. It is in your cosmetics. It is used to coat steel to prevent corrosion and is a key alloy in making brass. Without zinc your cell phone would not work because zinc is in batteries.
YOUR ZINC HAS SUNK
Are there any signs that you may be low in zinc? Usually one of the first signs is that you take longer to heal from injuries, cuts and infections. You may even have a loss of appetite and nothing appeals to you. Your smell mechanism may be off as well. So, zinc deficiency affects the human senses. If the mineral is not replenished the next stage is a loss of energy and you feel lethargic. Mental health issues can also manifest. The arteries of the body can harden, skin rashes can appear and hair loss will materialize. If children suffer from zinc depletion it can stunt growth and delay the onset of puberty.
Pregnant women who are low in zinc risk damaging the fetus because zinc is used in cell division and growth in the development of the baby. Certain medical conditions can put people at greater risk if zinc gets low such as patients with sickle-cell anemia. Red blood cells are supposed to be rich with zinc and without it the cells break apart. When this happens what little zinc there is will leave the body through the urine.
Where we find the most zinc deficient people are those who are relying on grains as a zinc source. Whole grains have zinc-binding substances called phytates, which attach to zinc and block its absorption. What else can cause our zinc to sink?
If you are a strict vegetarian and omit all animals foods (meat, eggs, milk, cheese) then you can run the risk of zinc depletion unless you get it another way. Vegetarians tend to eat more grains which will block zinc absorption.
- If you drink alcohol (above moderation) it interferes with the absorption of zinc and will accelerate the zinc loss through urine.
- Pregnancy and breast feeding can lower the zinc nutrient and women need to take care and replenish zinc.
- The elderly tend to be low in zinc due to poor eating habits, limited budgets and if living alone don’t bother to cook for themselves.
Zinc is very important to all life. If soil becomes zinc deficient we have crop failure. Currently it is estimated that in the US and in many other countries there is a 30% loss of zinc from rice, wheat and corn.
DRUGS DEPLETE ZINC
There are many prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs that will strip the zinc from our body. Here is a brief list:
- If you take prescription diuretics which cause the body to void out more minerals (including zinc).
- Anti-inflammatory drugs such as prednisone or hydrocortisone, non-steroidal drugs NSAID’s
- Antiretroviral drugs
- Birth control drugs
- Cardiovascular drugs
- Ulcer drugs
Drug companies are not required to do nutrient depletion studies on their products. It is a shame that millions of people are experiencing drug-induced nutrient depletion and the medical establishment is ignoring it. Be careful selecting the right multivitamin as more supplement companies are being bought out by pharmaceutical companies. I would look for “whole food” supplements made with organic nutrients which are not missing any of the phytochemicals put there by our Creator.
TOO MUCH ZINC?
It is pretty hard to overdose on zinc but if you think you have too much what are the symptoms? Vomiting and diarrhea will be from high doses taken in supplement form. Taking too much zinc can produce a copper deficiency in the body. You need copper to protect your bones, hemoglobin, red blood cells and skin.
FOODS HIGH IN ZINC
You can beef-up the foods in your diet to avoid zinc depletion. This food list is in order of highest zinc nutrition;: oysters, wheat germ, beef, turkey, crab, cheese, pumpkin seeds, squash, beans, nuts, fish and eggs.
HERBS HIGH IN ZINC
Most of us don’t have time to make well-prepared meals. Modern living has a majority of families eating out or microwaving something to eat. If this is how you approach eating, I would encourage you to change eating habits and make your own meals. For those who need to rely more on supplements and don’t want synthetics or fillers in their supplements then these herbs can help: bilberry, skullcap, capsicum, sage, pennyroyal, wild yam, spirulina algae, chichweed, Echinacea root, astragalus root, nettle leaf, parsley, Siberian ginseng root, and dulse seaweed.
SPICES & ZINC
There are spices that are high in zinc as well. Here is a brief list with the higher concentrations listed first: poppy seeds, cardamom, basil, celery seed, thyme, mustard seed, caraway seed, anise seed, dill seed, cumin, coriander, sage, turmeric, paprika, chili powder, curry, onion powder, tarragon, fennel seed and ginger.
Zinc also offers us some protection against one of the most deadly diseases of modern civilization – cancer. How does it do that? Zinc assists the immune system to keep cancer cells from spreading.
The human body depends on zinc. Zinc is important for enzyme and metabolism function. Without zinc for enzyme action we have no energy, poor digestion and a weak immune system. Men need zinc for a healthy prostate. Teenagers need zinc for proper sexual development and to complete puberty. Our system also uses zinc to help detoxify our body.
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