Zinc is one of the vital (essential) trace elements, which means that the body cannot produce zinc itself. There are around 2 g of zinc in the body. About 70% of it is in bones High and in the hair. Since the body cannot store zinc in large quantities, a continuous intake through the diet important (1).
Zinc is an important mineral that is necessary for the function of more than 300 enzymes in the metabolism and is therefore involved in almost all life processes. Zinc is particularly important for immune cures to increase the body's defences. Zinc contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system at. One optimal zinc supply increases the immune system and thus prevents infections. Studies have shown that increased zinc intake can reduce the duration and severity of a cold (2).
The mineral zinc also plays an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein. Zinc contributes to normal protein synthesis as well as to a normal carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism and thus supports the body in the fat burning.
Zinc is also important for
- the cell division,
- the growth and
- the renewal of cells.
Therefore, zinc also plays an important role in wound healing.
Zinc can ward off so-called free radicals and is therefore of central importance for the body cell protection. Bei fast allen Stoffwechselprozessen entstehen in unserem Körper aggressive und hochreaktive freie Radikale - dies ist unvermeidbar. Übersteigt die Bildung freier Radikale eine gesunde Konzentration, spricht man von „oxidativem Stress". The more the body is exposed to oxidative stress, the faster the aging process begins. Zinc contributes to cell protection from oxidative damage.
Dietary supplement: Your daily zinc requirement
The German Society for Nutrition recommends a daily intake of 7 mg zinc for women. Men should even take 10 mg of zinc per day. Zinc requirements are significantly increased during pregnancy and lactation.
Zinc deficiency - risk groups
The following groups of people should pay particular attention to an adequate intake of zinc:
- senior citizens
- children and young people
- Pregnant and lactating women
- competitive athlete
- Patients with gastrointestinal diseases such as chronic inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome or malabsorption syndrome
Zinc deficiency symptoms
The immune system in particular reacts particularly sensitively to an incipient zinc deficiency (3). Therefore, in times of high risk of infection, such as in winter in particular, an adequate zinc supply be respected.
- Skin diseases and delayed wound healing
- Immune deficiency and susceptibility to infection
- hair loss
- Weakening of the sense of smell and taste
Which AgilNature® products contain zinc?
|C + ZinkAgil forte
|20 mg per capsule
|1 mg per capsule
*Nutrient Reference Value = Percentage of the reference value according to Annex XIII of the Food Information Regulation (EG) No. 1169/2011.
- German Society for Nutrition (DGE), reference values for nutrient intake (2001): p. 191
- ERNA (2011), The European Responsible Nutrition Alliance: Facts about vitamins, minerals and other food components with health effects, Seiten 48-51
- Schuchardt, J.P., Hahn, A: Nutritional importance of zinc, Dt. Lebensmittel-Rundschau 04/2009