It Serves Many Functions, More Than You Might Think

By Jon Frieda, Neels’ Pharmacy

As deficiencies go, one of the last minerals or vitamins that you will see listed on an everyday multivitamin is zinc, but its importance as a trace mineral in the body is a fact that should not be underestimated. It is called a trace mineral because only small amounts are needed in the body to maintain optimal health, and yet zinc is involved in hundreds of enzymatic functions and is present in every living cell that makes up the body. Would you be interested to know that zinc deficiency is becoming more common in the United States and around the world today, and with more pollution and nutrient deficient foods, now is the time during our evolution when we as a civilization are in need of it the most? If so, read on as we highlight and explore the health benefits of zinc, and discuss the consequences that prolonged zinc deficiency can have on the human body by increasing the incidence of disease, cancer, and DNA manipulation.

Until recently, zinc was under the radar as far as a mineral deficiency in humans. Taking supplements was unheard of, as the majority of people either grew their own produce, or purchased fruits and vegetables from local farmers whose harvest were the main source of zinc and other essential minerals and nutrients. With modern conventional farming, foods have become increasingly mineral and nutrient deficient over the last century due to mineral/nutrient deficiencies in the soil. In fact, zinc deficiency is crop plants most significant mineral deficiency, especially in high pH soils. By some estimates, from garden to gullet, the preparation of these foods by processing or cooking depletes them of up to 90% of the original nutrient/mineral content. Therefore, not only are our foods unfit to sustain optimal human health as they once were, but we make them even less nutritious when they are not consumed in the raw form.