Zinc is involved in approximately 90 enzymatic reactions in the body, including activities of the immune system, liver detoxification, protein synthesis and activities of the prostate, thymus and adrenal glands. It is also involved in the function and maintenance of over 200 enzymes in the body, including enhancing the function of Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. It helps to fight and prevent the formation of free radicals and is a constituent of many enzyme systems, including the antioxidant enzyme SOD.

Zinc facilitates the elimination of toxic metals from the body including arsenic, copper, cadmium and lead. It enhances the ability of the liver to detoxify alcohols and is helpful for the general health of the body’s immune system. It protects the liver from chemical damage and maintains the proper concentration of vitamin E in the blood. It also aids in the healing of wounds, prevents scar formation, and is essential for the health and function of the reproductive organs.

Zinc increases the number of circulating T-lymphocytes (by significantly increasing the body’s production of thymulin, responsible for causing the further replication of T-lymphocytes within the thymus). Zinc deficiency can cause the thymus gland to shrink and supplementing with zinc causes re-growth of the thymus gland. Zinc increases the production of antibodies and stimulates the production of interferon. People afflicted with cancer of the oesophagus and cancer of the prostate are often deficient in zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral for healthy prostate and reproductive system function. White flecks on the nails are a sign of zinc deficiency.

Mouth ulcers, appetite loss, loss of taste and smell, fatigue, increased stress and poor immunity are all side-effects of conventional cancer treatment. Zinc helps to ease many of these uncomfortable side-effects.

Zinc must be obtained daily from the diet as the body is unable to make enough

Good food sources of zinc include oysters, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, fish, oats, ginger, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, almonds, turnips, pecans and brewer’s yeast.

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