What do you know about zinc, other than it’s a metal?
Well, until yesterday, that’s pretty much all I knew about it. Health Foods For You, on North Street, Sudbury, are offering anyone free zinc testing. Simply pop into their shop and say hi.
But you may be asking yourself why is zinc so important and what exactly does a zinc test involve?
I have since discovered zinc has practically magical properties (Ok, it won't conjure up pots of money or turn horses into unicorns, but it is incredibly important for your health)
Here are just 7 ways that zinc can help:
1. Boosts your immune system
One of the most important things is zinc is famous for is boosting your immune system. Everyday illnesses such as the common cold and ear infections can help be suppressed thanks to zinc
2. Can help prevent cancer
Zinc is present in every tissue in your body and is needed for healthy cell division. Zinc helps fight those pesky free radical cells that contribute to diseases such as cancer.
3. Helps aging skin, acne and the condition of your hair
Because zinc aids cell reproduction, it helps keep your skin, nails and hair in good condition. Studies have shown, those who suffer from acne, see an improvement after increasing their zinc intake.
4. Zinc benefits hormone balance
Whether you’re trying for baby or in throws of your menopausal, zinc helps hormone balance. Zinc is needed for the production of oestrogen and progesterone in women, which both support reproductive health. Either too high or too low levels of oestrogens can cause problems with menstruation, mood swings, early menopause, infertility and possibly even increase the risk for certain cancers.
5. Helps your memory and learning function
Some studies have shown that children with ADHD are deficient in zinc. Taking zinc supplements may reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity. It can also aid memory, so has benefits for those suffering from Alzheimer’s
6. Improves athletic performance
Because zinc helps cell production, it’s really important for athletes. Zinc improves muscle repair and your bone health. Not only that, it maintains strong heart and respiratory system. Those athletes at the Olympics should keep an eye on their zinc levels because we lose zinc when we sweat.
7. It maintains a healthy heart
As mentioned above, zinc contributes to the zapping of free radical cells. Free radical cells can cause cancer and heart disease. Zinc helps regulate your heart beat too
8. It’s important for Men’s Health
Zinc is really important for men for many reasons. Zinc influences a man’s fertility, sex drive, sperm health and long term sexual health. It’s reduces the risk of prostate cancer and can even prevent or cure baldness.
The body just needs a small amount of zinc to benefit all these different areas of your health. To find out more, pop to see Jane and the team at Health Foods For You for a test. Don’t worry, there are no needs or scraping involved. A simple mouthwash is all that’s required. The taste of the mouthwash correlates to your levels. (For those that are interested, mine are slightly deficient, so I'll be making sure that I pop down and get myself some zinc supplements)
Health Foods For You can be found at 75 North Street Sudbury and are offer free zinc testing throughout August
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