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Zinc has been known for more than 50 years to be an essential mineral. It is found in almost every cell in the body and is contained within more than 200 enzymes, substances needed for biochemical reactions. Zinc is important for a healthy immune system ,

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      05.11.2013 22:02
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      It is a vital trace element - you may need to top up

      I have taken Zinc supplements in the past when I have also taken multivitamins and other supplements, when I could not eat properly and spent some time in and out of the hospital.
      I thought that Zinc was important to me as it would help boost my immune system along with the other things I was doing, as Zinc is well know for this.

      If you are healthy and eat a balanced diet you do not need to worry about taking extra Zinc or monitoring the amount you take in your diet.
      If you have a specialized diet or take lots of medication this could affect the zinc levels, also its important for children and the elderly so they should eat foods high in zinc.

      You can buy 60 zinc tablets from boots ( 10 mg ) for £3.09 You can get higher doses it depends on where you want to buy from and how much you want to pay.

      If you already have some Zinc in your diet and you take these as well that should be enough;15 mg for men 12 mg for women average being the recommended level needed.

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      I do not take Zinc supplements now as I am on low medication and am okay health wise, but I make sure I eat food that has a high nutrition value, a few times a week, like nuts, and have eggs and milk every day with garlic.

      When I have taken zinc I have noticed an actual difference. I was very ill at the time, and ate a high protein diet with zinc, ginseng and some exercise. I started to get energy and was able to cycle and walk every day, although by that point I had lost my job, I felt happy and confident.
      I spent more time out doors walking and exploring etc, the zinc was part of a boost I needed to get my body back from illness.

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        03.08.2012 19:32
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        An important mineral to include in your diet if you have problem skin.

        My reason for taking zinc supplements.

        A couple of months ago, I started to notice my skin going downhill. I used to have problem skin during high school, but once I was in my 20's it really started to clear up, so I was annoyed to notice a lot more break outs, mostly occurring on my chin. I decided to do a little research online, and I found a forum where people shared their various 'cures' and zinc seemed to be one of the most talked about subjects. I decided that a zinc supplement would be worth a go, as it isn't overly expensive. I got 180 tablets from Tesco for around £3.00 which I think is very reasonable, you can also get a combination of vitamin c and zinc, which I've started to take as of last week. Each tablet contains 15mg of zinc, which is 150% of the RDA. I would definitely recommend purchasing the vitamic c/zinc effervescing tablets from Tesco, as they actually make a half decent orange flavour drink!

        I would estimate that I took the tablets for around 2 weeks before I started to notice any results. My skin really did improve, and looked much clearer with less red marks. I have continued to take them, and have had no major break-outs in the last couple of months. I have barely had any spots at all to be honest, which is brilliant. I was genuinely surprised that these worked so effectively, as I would fully expecting to be disappointed when I first started taking them. As I'm not a Doctor, I would recommend talking to them if you are having serious skin problems as they would probably be able to prescribe you something else in addition to taking these. I haven't had any undesirable side effects from taking these, but apparently some of the unwanted effects can be fatigue, diarrhoea, and a reduced sense of taste - obviously not very good at all! I think as long as you make sure not to take more than 15mg a day, you shouldn't have any problems.

        Another positive benefit is a boost to the immune system, which is why you often find them combined with vitamin c! I used to be prone to getting lots of nasty colds, and I honestly feel like these have really helped me out. I had a cold a few weeks ago, and I noticed instead of it dragging itself out for weeks like it used to, it lasted just a few days - a considerable improvement for me!

        Overall, I would whole heartedly recommend trying zinc supplements if you are having problems with your skin. Even if they don't work for you, they do have other positive health benefits so you won't be losing out on anything! If you have any other questions feel free to leave me a message.

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        27.08.2010 22:05
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        Essential to the body's growth and development

        Being vegetarian, I am always vigilant about getting the right vitamins and minerals, and trying to achieve the correct balance in my diet. This has never been particularly problematic, as I eat fairly healthily (admittedly, I have one heck of a sweet tooth, though) and try to incorporate all the major food groups into my meals. I have been vegetarian for aroud twelve years now, and do not feel my health has suffered remotely as a consequence of my lifestyle choice. I have experimented with many vitamin supplements and herbal remedies over the years, but I usually prefer to get my vitamins naturally from food, where possible.

        Zinc is essential in the human body, and aids a variety of biological functions, including:

        * Fighting off infection and generally assisting the body's immune system

        * Processing information in the brain regarding smell and taste

        * Renewing skin cells

        * Acting as an anti-inflammatory agent

        * Preventing deterioration of vision

        * Alleviating PMS

        Zinc is particularly important to children and teenagers, as it is so closely associated with healthy growth. However, those with certain dietary requirements, such as myself, must ensure their zinc levels are kept topped up. Similarly, athletes, the elderly and pregnant women should be aware of their zinc intake and ensure their levels are kept at a sufficient level.



        As a vegetarian, I was told that I would miss out on a lot of zinc in foods as meat and fish contain high levels of it. However, many other foods contain zinc and as long as I made certain to incorporate them into my diet, I was told, my health would not suffer as a result. Some foods that are high in zinc - with the most zinc-rich being at the top of the list, and those with lower levels being at the bottom - are as follows:

        * Oysters

        * Red meat

        * Nuts

        * Eggs

        * Dairy products

        * Cereals

        * Bread

        * Green vegetables

        * Potatoes

        Oysters contain a startling level of zinc - 25mg per 100g, compared to red meat, the next best source of zinc, which contains only 5.4mg per 100g. However, oyster fans beware - the body only has a certain tolerance for zinc, and consuming more than 40mg per day may lead to gastrointestinal reactions such as cramps and vomiting, but also headaches, drowsiness and the body not processing other nutrients such as iron and calcium as effectively. Conversely, a deficiency of zinc can result in brittle nails, dry skin, dull hair, mood swings and reduced ability to fight off disease. It is particularly series in children, as deficiency can lead to stunted growth, behavioural problems and impaired cognitive ability.

        Men should aim to incorporate into their diet 15mg of zinc per day, and women 12mg. Pregnant and lactating women should aim to consume more as zinc is required more by their bodies. If you are worried about not getting enough zinc in your diet, there are zinc supplements widely available, costing around £2.99 - £5.50, depending on the zinc content in each tablet. I will continue to attain my zinc naturally, and luckily eat a lot of nuts, cereals and dairy products so feel my zinc levels are acceptable.

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        02.08.2003 03:08

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        The reason why I have zinc is rather an odd one. I was looking around Boots, stocking up on a few essentials. I had a cold, and I wanted some Vitamin C (see my Vitamin C review) and some tissues etc., but I also felt, for some reason like trying out one of the other pretty coloured boxes that lined the shelves of the vitamins and minerals section. Zinc had a pretty, light blue label. I read the label and it said that zinc would be good for: healthy skin hectic lifestyle immune system energy levels I had a hectic lifestyle at the time (it was in the middle of my A levels) and was subsequently very tired, and the fact that I had a cold suggested that I needed help with my immune system, so I bought the thing. It proved helpful with my energy levels. But perhaps you would be more interested in this claim which a couple of the other reviews have made, that zinc helps the male sex drive. Well, yeah, it's true. Yeah, I am a love-God now. Or rather, even more of a love-God than I was before. I don?t like to talk about it, but I suppose I ought to admit it for the sake of this review. So there you have it. higher sex drive --> more 'hectic lifestyle' --> low energy levels --> need for more zinc --> higher sex drive etc. etc. M --------------- P.S. lookaroundcafe2 says 'It helps u to shoot more to'. Yes, quite right lookaroundcafe2, it does. Sorry I neglected to put it so explicitly, I had thought the implications of 'love god' were obvious enough.

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        08.02.2002 04:55
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        Zinc (Zn) Zinc is one of the most important trace elements in our diets, and is required by the body for more than 200 enzyme activities. It is the principal protector of the immune system, is well known for its role in growth and tissue repair, and is crucial for regulating our genetic information. Zinc is also vital for the structure and function of cell membranes. Apparently, according to many nutritionists, more people find it difficult to obtain enough Zinc in their diet than any other mineral. This is put down to modern farming and food processing methods. A Zinc deficiency can cause growth failure, infertility, impotency and, in some cases, an impaired sense of taste. Eczema is also commonly linked to Zinc deficiency, and new research points to the fact that post-natal illness may be attributable to insufficient Zinc in the diet. A weakened immune system and a poor ability to heal may also indicate a Zinc deficiency. Zinc has many health properties such as prevention of hair loss and cancer. It may help to prevent age-related degenerative effects such as blindness. It is also useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis - as an antioxidant; it can help to detoxify the body. Treats acne and various other skin problems such as cirrhosis. Zinc is particularly important for the healthy function of the reproductive organs and prostrate gland - it is also useful for helping increase male potency and sex drive! It is a particularly important supplement for those who smoke or drink heavily, and is useful for vegetarians, vegans, and the elderly. The recommended daily allowance for Zinc intake is 15mg however; it is safe to take up to 30mg per day. However, if you are taking a higher dosage than 30mg per day, it is advisable to increase your intake of copper and selenium. Note, it is not advisable to take very high doses of Zinc (above 150mg per day) as such high dosage has been known to cause nausea,
        vomiting and diarrhoea. Shellfish, such as oysters, contain a high level of Zinc, hence their known aphrodisiac properties. Other excellent sources of Zinc is offal (which most of us hate), meat, mushrooms, eggs, wholegrain products and brewer’s yeast. If you feel that your diet is lacking in Zinc checkout www.woodshealth.com where you can pickup a tub of 100 15mg tablets for £1.42 (normal price £3.55 or 250 15mg for £3.26 (normal price £8.15) – they have a half-price sale at the moment and free gifts if you spend over a certain amount.

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          08.01.2002 06:17
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          Put a bit of metal in your life or should I say put a bit of metal in your stomach. I am referring to Zinc, which is a very important mineral and yet is so very underestimated. This is probably due to the lack of public knowledge to its importance and many benefits to our sustained health. Good sources of zinc are red meat, chicken, fish and seafood. Nuts, eggs and yeast also have good levels of zinc. However these are not nearly enough to make up the recommended daily allowance. Zinc is a mineral that the body quickly absorbs and therefore the small levels that are acquired from food consumption are promptly used and are therefore mostly present at lower than acceptable levels in most persons. Those more likely to suffer from zinc deficiency are those that consume very little meat, chicken and seafood and more so those that are vegetarians. Zinc deficiency is not something that is visible or felt by the body in a short period of time. It is something that will affect you over a longer period and thus maintaining a recommended intake is essential for all of us. Some of the symptoms of zinc deficiency are first and foremost a weakened immune system, which leaves you open and most susceptible to infections and diseases. Other symptoms are night blindness, loss of smell, falling hair, brittle nails, skin problems, sleep disturbances etc. Men may experience problems with fertility, while women may experience irregular periods. Children with too little zinc may have stunted growth and slow sexual maturity. A good level of zinc generally alleviates all of these problems and is needed by the body to help in healing and maintaining healthy body tissues, since zinc is essential to the formation of cells. The recommended daily allowance of Zinc is 15mg for men and 12mg for women. Zinc tablets or lozenges are available at all pharmacies and in many cases are available in conjunction with
          other vitamins or minerals. However if taking them in this way you should make sure that you are getting the required daily allowance. A 50mg Zinc tablet will yield an average of 15mg of Elemental Zinc. A pack of 50 tablets will cost on average around £2.87. Although slightly on the high side the benefits obtained far outweigh this. As mentioned earlier in this opinion those that are more likely to benefit from zinc are those on slimming diets, those with low meat, chicken and seafood intake and those who are vegetarians. So those of you who are experiencing frequent infections, slow healing of wounds, lack of appetite, loss of taste or smell, impotency and skin problems, then all of these symptoms point in the direction of zinc deficiency and is something that can be corrected with the minimal amount of fuss or fervor. So what are you all waiting for, put a bit of metal in your life. You will all be glad you did.

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            20.10.2001 15:58
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            Yes that right ladies,give your fellas zinc, it works wonders I can assure you. Tried & tested! Great... When the fella`s start flagging,build their peckers up with zinc!Its naturally in quite a few things.Oysters, are the Food of Love, or so they say,I`ve not tried them.. They are said to be an Aphrodisiac, or are they? Maybe someone could let me know if they work! Zinc is needed for sperm production, to enhance the libido. Oysters are the richest source of zinc there is.CASANOVA use to consume 40 a day! Loads of shell-fish, contain some zinc Scallops, Whelks,Lobster,Clams.. My other half doesn`t eat any shell-fish, or I would feed him it all the time. Luckily he eats red meat. Zinc is also found in whole grains, nuts, poultry & eggs. Also dairy produce, we all love cheeses, so I bring plenty in the evening ,in for supper.. In the Winter people take it to boost the Immune system,because even a mild deficiency ,can lead to an increased risk of infection.Loads of elderly people are given it in the bad weather combined with vitamin C.Also men are given doses of zinc for prostate problems,with good results! I gave my husband it, when his blood count was down, & his Immune system up the creek! I gave him a supplement, as he wasn`t eating much meat etc.. Within a few weeks, an amazing difference, back for more blood tests,with positive results.Blood count was back to normal,& he wasn`t so tired all the time!I couldn`t believe my luck!! I`m told not to give him more than 15mg a day, as it can cause more problems.Most people don`t need a supplement if their diet is good. Skip the Fish & chips suppers,for shell-fish Maybe the chaps,won`t go down the pub... Just think of all those calories,you will be burning.We stopped the zinc supplement to
            see,& sure enough hes flagging again! So ,guess what I ordered the other day. Yes, zinc by return of post I hope! So maybe I won`t be spending so much time on the dooyoo, as I might be doing other thing`s Eh.... GREENGODDESS .OCT.20th..9.00am.

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            Zinc has been known for more than 50 years to be an essential mineral. It is found in almost every cell in the body and is contained within more than 200 enzymes, substances needed for biochemical reactions. Zinc is important for a healthy immune system ,