Paracelsus is a famous alchemist who named zinc after a German word “zinke” when it was not still considered or named as an element. Back then, it was used to make brass and for medicinal purposes. A German chemist, named Andreas Sigisismund Margaff is credited on finding out pure metallic zinc and was the first to recognize it as a new metal.
Zinc (Zn) it is a type of metal that helps stimulate the action of 100 enzymes. Most of the time, zinc is used to stir with other metals, such as iron, to prevent rusting.
It is called an “essential trace element” because only a tiny amount of zinc is needed in the human body. The element is found in a number of different foods, which can be used as a dietary supplement.
If you easily get sick, always feel tired, finds it difficult to concentrate, suffer from slow development and suffer from slow wound healing, then you might need Zinc in your diet.
Zinc deficiency exists in all living things. In us humans, Zinc deficiency results from reduced dietary intake, poor absorption and increased loss or use.
Zinc deficiency symptoms may include weak immunity, diabetes, having the need to take large amount of iron supplements, chronic live and kidney disease, thinning hair and having acne and rashes.
It is noted that severe cases of Zinc deficiency can lead to unhealthy weight loss, alopecia, dermatitis, paronychia, delayed sexual maturation, impotence, hypogonadism and hypospermia, impaired taste and smell and impaired wound healing.
Zinc is an important mineral needed by the body for preserving sense of smell, building proteins, provoke enzymes, a healthy immune system and making DNA.
Animal foods are much better sources than plant food if you have zinc deficiency. Fortified food and dietary supplements can be other sources, but in general, seafood like cooked oysters, beef, lamb, chicken, spinach, mushroom, pumpkin, nuts, cocoa are great sources of Zinc.