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Zinc

Essential mineral

  • Recommended for athletes
  • Helps reduce signs of acne
  • Promotes sexual health
  • Helps manage symptoms of diabetes
  • Improves immunity to colds

OVERVIEW

Zinc has numerous roles in the body and is an essential dietary mineral, most notably as a catalytic and structural element. Benefits of zinc supplements depends on the zinc status of the individual. Some research suggests that when zinc levels are low, testosterone and insulin sensitivity can decrease, and supplementation can bring levels closer to normal. Other areas of health to take note of are acne and depression, conditions which can benefit from supplemental zinc intake where levels are found to be insufficient.

Zinc is lost through sweat, so supplementation is very important for athletes and those who live in hot climates such as Hong Kong and Singapore. It’s also important for people who don’t get a lot of zinc from their diet.

Our Zinc tablets offer a unique form of Zinc (zinc picolinate) for maximum absorption and bioavailability.

Product Type: 1 Tablet
Dosage:          22mg

Ingredients

Zinc (as zinc picolinate), Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Vegetable Cellulose, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate.

does not contain

milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans, artificial colours or preservatives

summary of research

  • Clears up skin and viral warts

    Orally supplementing Zinc appears to reduce signs of acne to an extent.[1] Whilst higher doses appear to eradicate viral warts by 50-60%[2] such doses are not safe for daily usage as prolonged supplementation of high doses can cause a copper deficiency. A lower dose is enough to treat acne which can be added to your pack.

     

    Research Score: Promising

  • Reduces risk of diabetes and improves insulin sensitivity

    People with Zinc deficiencies and high blood glucose can see their insulin sensitivity improve through supplementation.[3] [4] [5] A 2016 meta-analysis also found Zinc supplementation decreased the risk of heart disease and helped people with Type 2 diabetes manage their symptoms.[6]

     

    Research Score: Strong

  • Promotes sexual health

    Although testosterone is commonly considered as a ‘male’ hormone, it actually plays a vital role in females’ reproductive cycle as well. Zinc is essential for your body to produce testosterone and studies show supplementation increases in the testosterone levels in the blood stream.[7] [8]

     

    Excessive exercise and Zinc deficiency can lead to abnormally low testosterone concentrations. Where testosterone is low because of these reasons, people should consider supplementing Zinc.[9]

     

    In infertile men with low blood testosterone, Zinc can increase fertility. However, it should be noted that there seems to be no effect on infertile men with normal testosterone levels.[10]

     

    Research Score: Strong

  • Increases immunity to the common cold

    High doses of Zinc taken at the onset of a cold appears to effectively reduce its length and intensity. Also, preventative daily supplementation of Zinc appears to decrease the incidence of colds. [11]

     

     

    Illustrative Cases

     

    In a 2008 double-blind study, fifty people were assigned to a placebo or treatment group within 24 hours of developing symptoms of the common cold. The treatment group took 13.3mg of Zinc every 2-3 hours and, compared to the placebo group, had a shorter mean total duration of the cold (7.1 vs. 4.0 days - placebo vs. treatment), shorter duration of cough (5.0 vs 2.1 days), and shorter duration of nasal discharge (4.5 vs. 3.0 days). The treatment group also had better antioxidant and anti-inflammatory markets. However, caution should be taken against replicating the high amount of Zinc that was supplemented. High amounts should not be taken daily.[12]

     

    A 12 month, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on elderly people to understand the effect of Zinc on the immune system, found that supplementation decreased the rate of infection and oxidative stress markers compared to the placebo group.[13]

     

    Research Score: Strong

  • Reduces symptoms of depression for some people

    Zinc supplementation appears to be effective in reducing the symptoms of depression in those who are resistant to treatment when taken alongside a pharmaceutical antidepressant. However, it should be noted that Zinc supplementation does not appear to benefit people who already respond to antidepressants. [14] [15]

     

    Research Score: Strong

  • Recommended for athletes

    Zinc is lost through sweat, which means athletes and others who frequently sweat but do not have a diet rich in foods with Zinc should supplement it.[16] [17]

     

    Research Score: Strong

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    Chu A, Foster M, Samman S. Zinc Status and Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus—A Systematic Review of Prospective Cohort Studies. Nutrients. 2016;8(11):707. doi:10.3390/nu8110707.

     

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    Prasad AS, Mantzoros CS, Beck FW, Hess JW, Brewer GJ. Zinc status and serum testosterone levels of healthy adults. Nutrition. 1996;12(5):344-8.

     

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    Singh M, Das RR. Zinc for the common cold . Cochrane Database Syst Rev. (2011)

     

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    Duration and severity of symptoms and levels of plasma interleukin-1 receptor antagonist, soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor, and adhesion molecules in patients with common cold treated with zinc acetate. Prasad AS, Beck FW, Bao B, Snell D, Fitzgerald JT., The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2008

     

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    Zinc supplementation decreases incidence of infections in the elderly: effect of zinc on generation of cytokines and oxidative stress. Prasad AS, Beck FW, Bao B, Fitzgerald JT, Snell DC, Steinberg JD, Cardozo LJ., The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007

     

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