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Are you getting enough zinc?

Posted on: June 23, 2009

Photo by trublueboy

Photo by trublueboy

Did you know zinc promotes a healthy immune system, speeds the healing of wounds, promotes collagen formation, and prevents acne – along with dozens of other functions?  However, the human body does not have the capacity to produce zinc on its own.

How do you know if you’re zinc deficient? When our body and skin does not get enough zinc, fingernails become thin, develop white spots and begin to peel.  Other signs include acne, loss of hair, skin lesion and slow healing of wounds.

Here are three easy ways to make sure your body is getting enough zinc: 

FOODS:  In order to have a constant supply of zinc in our body, we need to regularly consume yeast, egg yokes, fish legumes, liver, red meat, mushrooms, oysters, poultry, pumpkin seeds, sardines, seafoods, soy beans, etc.

SUPPLEMENTS:  Only about 30 to 40 percent of the zinc you intake from food actually gets absorbed by your body. Zinc supplements can help ensure you are getting enough zinc internally. They treat acne by reducing blemishes and inflammation.  Oral zinc supplements also help heal bed sores, skin ulcers, cold sores, canker sores, surgical incisions, burns, and a variety of other skin irritations.

TOPICAL CREAMS:  Zinc is essential for collagen and elastic tissue production.  As we get older, our skin produces less collagen and elastic tissue, resulting in thinner skin, wrinkles and a loss of firmness and elasticity.  So you want to work products like Relastin Skin Revitalizer, Eye Silk, and Ultra Emollient – which all contain a patent-pending Zinc Firming Complex™ – into your beauty regime.  Studies have shown skin that has been treated with Relastin has more elastic tissue and is firmer than untreated skin.

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