Zinc – a small mineral that treats allergies
Zinc is extremely versatile in the body. It is part of more than 150 enzymes involved in many metabolic processes. In particular, the specific effects that zinc has are so important for us: Zinc is required for the skin and connective tissue in the production of collagen, it affects the quality of male sperm and the storage of insulin in the pancreas. It can promote the healing of wounds and strengthens the skin, hair and nail growth.
The immune system is particularly dependent on sufficient zinc: a zinc deficiency can increase the duration and intensity of colds. The immune system plays an important role in allergies and hay fever. In contact with allergenic substances, such as pollen, histamine is released into the mast cells. Histamine then triggers the known unpleasant symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes or itching. Zinc can inhibit this secretion and relieve the symptoms!
An intake of 15-30 mg of zinc per day is recommended, preferably after eating and at night, since absorption then is particularly good.
Good to know: zinc in our diet is mainly found in animal products, such as meat, offal, oysters, dairy products, eggs and fish. Zinc from plant origin is utilized significantly lower by the phytic acid contained in plants. Sources are spinach, oatmeal, wheat germ and whole grains. Zinc is mainly found in the outer layers of grain, the zinc content of grain products therefore depends on the extraction rate. So, vegetarians and vegans should pay particular attention to their zinc levels!
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