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:

  1. Low levels of zinc during pregnancy are associated with several negative outcome such as, prolonged gestation, increased risk to fetus and inefficient labor.
  2.  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. 
  3. In diabetic patients zinc supplementation my help relieve hyperglycemia. Zinc also improves the activity of insulin
  4. Essential for healing. One study found the importance of zinc in repairing gastric ulcers.

doi: 10.1111/1541-4337.12067

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