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Zinc

Applications:
The profound role of zinc in prostate gland disease is emerging. It is also essential for other reproductive organs and for strong immune function. Zinc is also involved in taste and smell and protects the liver from toxins. Zinc therapy is used for prostate disease, infections, sterility, diabetes, wound healing and ulcers. Kidney disease, diarrhea, liver disease, excess fiber and diabetes can lower zinc levels.

Sources:
Oysters, shellfish, seafood, red meat, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds. Note: Zinc from plant sources is not as bioavailable as zinc from animal foods.

Interactions:
Zinc and copper compete for assimilation and calcium and iron can interfere with zinc absorbtion. High fiber foods can also interfere with zinc absorption.

Recommendations:
Zinc picolinate, acetate, citrate, and monomethionine are recommended. Zinc chelates and zinc lozenges are also good.

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