Zinc: the metal of life
A recent review published in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, 2014 by Kaur, outlines the importance of Zinc for maintaining health and homeostasis.
A few interesting take aways from the review:
- Low levels of zinc during pregnancy are associated with several negative outcome such as, prolonged gestation, increased risk to fetus and inefficient labor.
- Zinc plays a crucial role in the synthesis, storage and secretion of insulin. Diabetic patients with low zinc status were more likely to have elevated triglycerides, elevated blood pressure and heart disease.
- In diabetic patients zinc supplementation my help relieve hyperglycemia. Zinc also improves the activity of insulin
- Essential for healing. One study found the importance of zinc in repairing gastric ulcers.