There are many different nutrients that your body needs to function, one of the main ones you need is zinc. It is involved in a wide variety of activities in the body. In fact, you use zinc, at some level, in nearly every activity that happens in your cells.

Zinc is one of the building blocks of for all your cells. Any time your body wants to make new tissue, it needs zinc. This means that any growing of new cells, including wound healing, needs zinc to be present. It is involved in a lot of the processes that occur in your body every day.

You have around 2-3g of zinc in your body. Most of the zinc, around 60%, is found in your muscles. You also have about 30% of your zinc in your bones, and another 5% of your zinc in your skin. You will also find zinc in most of your organs, including the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys.

The reason zinc is so abundant is because your body uses it to make zinc metalloenzymes. There are more of these types of enzymes dependent on zinc than there are enzymes dependent on any other trace mineral. Making zinc both essential for and involved in most of the pathways your body has for your immune system, bone health, and skin health.

Top Modern Uses of Zinc

Zinc is used for a wide variety of purposes, including:

  • Supporting immune function.
  • Aiding in wound healing.
  • Helping to support collagen synthesis.
  • Reducing inflammation.
  • Supporting skin health and integrity.
  • Supporting eye health and vision.
  • Aiding in the formation and integrity of bones.
  • Supporting hormone production, especially testosterone.

Have a chat with our naturopathic practitioners for a personalised approach and advice if you have zinc deficiency. Or, you may also want to check articles for our health and well being here.

Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

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Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

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