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Zinc -- For Heart Disease, For Diabetes

  Zinc--Lowers Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, and many other benefits. 3,500 people surveyed -- effect of zinc supplementation.
Journal of American Coll. Nutrition 1998; 17:564-570.

Synopsis: Low dietary zinc is associated with retarded growth, slow wound healing and a weakened immune system. Now, a study suggests that low zinc intake may also be associated with heart disease and diabetes. In this study of 3,500 individuals those consuming less than seven milligrams per day were more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, diabetes and glucose intolerance. There was also a higher incidence of hypertension (high blood pressure), high triglycerides, and lower HDL (the good cholesterol that you want).

Personal Health Lifestyles Nutrient Power Notes: Zinc also helps with the symptoms of a common cold; you've probably heard that if you have a cold and sore throat you can help your body out by sucking on zinc lozenges. It really works!

Athletes and physically active people are particularly deficient in zinc because heavy losses of zinc occur in sweat. Common physical indications of zinc deficiency are PICA disease (the constant eating munchies), acne, anorexia or bulimia, and prostate enlargement. RDI for zinc is 8-11 milligrams per day. Zinc toxicity has been tested for up to 500 mg/day with little toxicity; but megadosing inhibits copper metabolism.


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