Zinc deficiency: why it is dangerous for women and men and where to look for a useful trace element
Zinc is considered a key component for maintaining the health of the immune system, cell growth and development, and some enzymatic processes in the human body. However, people often forget about this important component and do not get enough zinc from their diet.
Its deficiency can lead to unpleasant consequences for both men and women. Doctor and health expert Ulyana Werner told OBOZREVATEL why the body needs zinc and what foods contain enough of it.
Zinc affects the ability to repair cells, which is an important process for healthy skin, hair, and nails. At the same time, its deficiency can have dangerous consequences, including an increased risk of infectious diseases such as SARS, influenza, etc.
According to the doctor, zinc deficiency can also affect the reproductive system. In men, this can lead to a decrease in sperm count and reduced sperm motility, and in women, it can affect the proper development of the fetus and lactation.
Zinc is found in meat, fish, dairy products, seeds, nuts and grains. It should also be noted that vegetarians and vegans are more susceptible to zinc deficiency due to the limited nature of their diet.
However, as with other micronutrients, exceeding the zinc requirement can be harmful to the body. In particular, environmental pollution leads to excessive accumulation of zinc in soil and water, which can contaminate food and increase the risk of poisoning, said Uliana Werner.
"In case of certain symptoms that may be associated with insufficient zinc levels in the body, such as general weakness, deterioration of skin and hair, loss of appetite and weight loss, it is important to consult a doctor for examination and determination of the optimal level of the trace element in the body," the doctor added.
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