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Zincum compositum

« Zinc is an essential element in nutrition and plays a wide range of biological roles entering in the composition of more than 200 Zinc Enzymes. These are inter alia involved in the processes of the metabolism of nucleic acid and protein. … Finally, zinc has a structural role in maintaining the integrity of cell membranes as antioxidant protection.
It is present in all organs, tissues, fluids, secretions. About 90% of zinc present in the body is located in skeletal muscle and in bone.
Zinc is essential for growth and development to sexual maturation and reproduction, for adaptation to night vision, for smell and taste activities, for the accumulation and release of insulin and for a variety of immune responses.
A deficiency of zinc can therefore: retard growth; determine immune dysfunctions, increase the incidence of infections, hypogonadism, oligospermia, anorexia, diarrhoea, weight loss, slowing of wound healing, neural tube defects in the fetus; increased risk of abortion; alopecia; lethargy mental (cognitive); macular degeneration; skin dysfunction.
Zinc has an antioxidant and immunomodulatory activity. It has an antiviral activity, enhances virility and is retina-protective.
A deficiency of zinc causes thymic involution, … decreased phagocytosis (macrophages), weak neutrophil functions (chemotaxis…) and a decreased immune function.
Zinc supplementation also causes a decrease in the incidence of pediatric pneumonia and diarrhoea. The greatest risk of zinc deficiency involves infants, children, the elderly and pregnant women …. Zinc deficiency may affect a large part of population. Many elderly people and others with mild disease have a chronic marginal shortage of zinc. There is evidence, both clinical and experimental, on how lack of zinc causes a weakening of the T lymphocytes, with increased morbidity and mortality due to infectious syndromes among the elderly. Metabolism disorders, as well as zinc deficiency, are finally associated with bowel inflammatory syndromes and and rheumatoid arthritis»[1].

 

[1] Physicans’ Desk Reference, PDR, Integratori nutrizionali, CEC Editore.
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