What is Zinc? Zinc is an essential micronutrient and is considered one of the 24 micronutrients necessary for survival. It is found in high levels in animal tissue (meat), eggs, legumes, and fish. It is sometimes fortified into various other products. Unfortunately Zinc deficiency is relatively common in the western world. The people most at risk are vegetarians and women. Women are especially high risk because of their periods. Zinc, and other minerals, will typically leave the body en mass via-blood loss. As an essential micronutrient, zinc deficiency is linked to many negative symptoms including but not limited to: weight gain, digestive problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, infertility, low immunity, and other negative symptoms. What does Zinc do? Zinc is involved in the regulation of many important enzymes around the human body. It is known for it’s ability as a co-factor in over 300 enzymes involved in gene expression, cell proliferation and signal transduction. As such, deficiency in zinc will lead to a reduction in the activity of these enzymes. Zinc is most well known for it’s ability to help boost your immune system and fight off symptoms of the common cold. Research has shown that zinc supplementation may help fight the build up of bacteria and viruses in mucus. As a part of it’s involvement with enzymes, Zinc is considered to have important effects on the balancing of hormones in the body. Zinc supplementation has been shown to increase free testosterone levels in the blood which increases libido, reduces fatigue, and improves overall sexual health. It also may help increasing fertility and aid in the process of the creation and release of eggs in women. What are the benefits of Zinc? Aids in the process of hundreds of necessary bodily functions Boosts testosterone Boosts immune system Balances hormones in males & females Powerful anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties How to use Zinc? Zinc is commonly taken as a supplement in daily dosages ranging from 5 mg – 45 mg per day. How much Zinc you take daily is usually dependent on the current levels of Zinc in your body. Lower doses work well as a daily preventative, while higher dosage should be taken by anyone at risk for a zinc deficiency. Zinc side effects? Routine Zinc supplementation is widely considered safe in adults when taking 45 mg or less per day. However, excessive zinc intake can be harmful. Adverse effects of taking too much Zinc daily, for long periods of time, have been liked to an increase in nausa, vomiting, loss of appetites, stomach pains, headaches, and diarrhea.