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Zinc is an essential mineral critical to immune function and connective tissue formation.
Zinc is an essential micronutrient required for many enzyme reactions and bodily functions. It is essential for growth and physical development, and for the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Unfortunately, deficiency is common, especially in the elderly. A deficiency may play a role in many chronic diseases but it is best known for its pivotal role in the immune system. It is essential for the function of white blood cells to protect the body from invasion by bacteria and viruses and to regulate inflammation and wound healing. It is also a key factor in the healing of the digestive lining, which in many people is damaged and “leaky”. Clinically, zinc supplementation has been shown to be vital for prostate health.