Zinc, found in the body, is a very important trace element that we can't live without. Some zinc is found in the body's proteins. Another type is secreted from many different cells in our body. It's necessary for the metabolic activity of enzymes that deal with the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate, fat, and alcohol. Without the proper level of zinc, the body's ability to grow new tissue and connective tissue is inhibited, which also limits it's power to heal it's wounds. Zinc is also a critical mineral for the immune system, thyroid function, proper blood clotting, and cognitive functions.

Zinc deficiency is highly common in our country, especially for our nation's poor. Better than 50% of the poor children in the United States suffer from a zinc deficiency and are at risk of developing one or more of the conditions caused by that deficiency. The list of ailments related to a zinc deficiency is long and varied. It ranges from birth defects and low birth weight to cataracts and macular degeneration and includes such things as acne, diarrhea, pneumonia, and impotence. Truly, zinc is a remarkably powerful element.

Zinc can be found in some foods such as oysters, animal protein, beans, nuts, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. Unfortunately, some of the common items we consume everyday, such as whole grain breads, cereal, and alcohol have been found to reduce the body's absorption of zinc. The daily requirement of zinc varies with age. From 7 months to 3 years, we years need 3 mg, from 4 to 8 years we need 5 mg, from 9 to 13 years we need 8 mg, males 14 years and above require 11 mg. Females 14 to 18 years require 9 mg; if pregnant, it increases to 13 mg; if lactating, it increases to 14 mg. Females over 19 require 8 mg; if pregnant, it increases to 11 mg; and if lactating, it increases to 12mg.

Supplemental zinc has been found to be beneficial for many conditions and controversial for some. One example of a treatment that is still controversial is the use of zinc supplements to lessen the common cold. Some studies show decreased durations of the cold for people who are given zinc lozenges, while other studies show little or no benefit. The decision is still out on the real benefits of zinc and the common cold.

Zinc is used as an effective treatment to help boost the immune system and has also been found to improve cognitive function when given as a supplement. The male reproductive system is greatly effected by zinc supplements. There's a direct link between zinc and testosterone. Zinc is also critical for maintaining normal serum testosterone. It keeps the prostrate gland healthy and reduces the risk of prostrate infection and enlargement of the prostrate gland.

Rely on a zinc supplement that's derived from an all-natural blend that's safe and absorbable. One that's developed using pure, non-toxic ingredients such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds, cocculus root, alfalfa, capsicum fruit, burdock root, dandelion root, and horsetail. A zinc product that's safe for everyone, including pregnant and lactating women is one that is all natural and absorbable.

Author's Bio: 

Suzanne VanDeGrift has developed this article, on behalf of Dherbs.com.  In addition to herbal products, Dherbs offers specially formulated zinc supplements that offer a great remedy for colds, promotes a healthy immune system and healthy skin, nails & hair.