Did you know that zinc is involved in over 100 cellular processes in our bodies? Zinc supports our immune system, helps detoxification of our livers and boosts our moods. However, our zinc levels can also have a direct impact on our appearance in a number of ways.
Zinc helps create proteins in our bodies, and our hair, skin and nails are made up of approximately 98% protein. So without enough zinc, these areas may lack a little lustre. Zinc also helps to keep our DNA as healthy as possible. As a result, it may play an important role in reducing signs of premature ageing. Zinc also helps our body produce new collagen, keeping our skin plump and soft.
Zinc is an important mineral to aid in the healing of wounds, blemishes and mild skin conditions as it reduces our natural inflammatory response. Zinc also helps control excess sebum production and is a precursor to progesterone, which helps in the prevention of blemishes. Too much estrogen in the body can contribute to acne, weight gain, blotchy skin and thinning hair.
Despite how important zinc is to our bodies, we actually have no special storage system for it. Vegetarians are at greatest risk of zinc deficiency as zinc is more readily absorbed from animal protein than plant protein. If you’ve got digestive disorders, are highly stressed or drink excessive amounts of coffee your zinc levels are likely to be even lower.
Meat, oysters, fish, crab and poultry are great sources of zinc. Vegetarians can get their zinc from cashews, almonds, kidney beans, chickpeas, organic whole milk and cheese, porridge, almonds, pumpkin seeds, blackstrap molasses and maple syrup