A Few Words About Zinc

A Few Words About Zinc

Zinc is an essential trace mineral known for its ability to aid wound healing and boost immune system function.  But recent research suggests that it may also play a role in protecting your body’s largest organ – your skin – from UV damage.

Most experts agree that in order to maintain a youthful appearance, protecting your skin from the sun is important, since ultraviolet (UV) light breaks down the extracellular matrix between your cells and accelerates the aging process. Of course, we also realize that a certain amount of sunlight is necessary to have healthy levels of vitamin D.  

[The current recommendation is that people should aim to get between ten to thirty minutes of midday sunlight, several times per week.  In life, the important thing is to find the right amount for you.  People with darker skin may need more exposure.  Fair-skinned people are typically more sensitive to sunlight.  The key is to be certain you don’t burn. ]

Just as with establishing how much sunlight is healthy, with respect to zinc, it is also important to establish what is your optimal level.

Research published in the Journal of Nutrition found that a zinc deficiency in rats led to deterioration of DNA repair following damage caused by free radicals.  Too many free radicals can accelerate the aging process.

We understand that findings in rats, don’t necessarily correlate to similar results in humans, but it does warrant further study.  Particularly since a review published in Pathobiology of Aging & Age-Related Diseases concluded that, while the current evidence regarding zinc’s efficacy in this regard is limited, what data is available looks promising.

Just as a deficiency of zinc can lead to health problems, so too can an excess of zinc.  The most common effects being nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, and headaches.  Taken over a long period of time, these can extend to creating low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as “good” cholesterol, or to copper deficiency, and even to decreased immune function. 

Interestingly, denture creams containing zinc had been blamed as being a hidden source of excessive and chronic zinc consumption for scores of denture wearers. Patients were reporting zinc poisoning which included the aforementioned copper deficiency in addition to permanent nerve damage, as a consequence.    As of 2010, both major manufacturers of these adhesives, Procter & Gamble – makers of Fixodent, and GlaxoSmithKline – the makers of Poligrip – removed zinc from their formulas.

So how much zinc is safe?  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that adults should not exceed more than 40mg of zinc per day.  For infants under six months of age zinc consumption shouldn’t exceed 4 mg per day.  You can find the NIH consumer fact sheet by clicking HERE.

Apart from protecting your immune system by fighting off harmful cells, zinc is also thought to be beneficial for treating acne.  Its use is actually one of the most widely studied forms of acne treatment.

All things considered, zinc is a nutrient that people need to remain healthy.  Zinc is found in cells throughout our bodies because this trace mineral is required to make proteins and DNA – the genetic material in all cells.  Plus zinc helps your immune system by fighting off invading bacteria and viruses.  So, if you are not already getting enough zinc in your diet, you can find some healthful sources by clicking below.

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The Anti Anti-Aging Herb

The Anti Anti-Aging Herb

People have been looking for methods to feel youthful and look younger for ages.

In this quest, some people will focus on beauty items that make claims about magical results that come from consuming the special anti-aging ingredients found in their products.  Others will focus on their diet, drink lots of water, and eat the “right” vegetables while staying away from certain other foods that create toxins in the body that can age you.  And still others will focus on the benefits of different types of exercises, while working out with weights and other equipment.  I’m sure there are some out there that use a combination or all of the above – and possibly even more methods to preserve their young looks and stamina.

However, how many of these people have been encouraged and convinced to believe that the use of marijuana, whether recreational or medicinal, is actually beneficial for them?  It’s an herb, right?  So it’s “natural” and how could it possibly hurt?

The truth is that marijuana is actually extremely AGING to a person and their body!  The residues from its use stay in the body for years to come, and this can also result in a person re-experiencing being high when they really don’t want to be (for example while driving or when working to meet a deadline).  Factually, the marijuana that is grown today, has been genetically modified to contain much more THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, (the active mind-altering ingredient) than would be considered “normal”.  A recent study used brain imaging equipment to observe and document what happens to the brain while marijuana is smoked.  It was found that the consumption of marijuana actually kills brain cells in quantity, while the person is smoking it!!!

Now, to anyone with intelligence, except possibly those who have already suffered a reduction of IQ resulting from their regular consumption of marijuana, it should be pretty obvious that the killing of brain cells is virtually synonymous with the aging process!  So, it seems particularly counter-intuitive that anyone concerned about staying young and interested in slowing or reversing the aging process would start to, or continue to use, marijuana for ANY purpose.

What do you think?

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