What is Zinc Picolinate?
Zinc Picolinate is formed by the bonding of Zinc with Picolinic
Acid. This special form of Zinc has been used because it is better absorbed
than many other forms.
This essential trace mineral is found throughout the body, with
larger concentrations existing in the kidneys, liver, pancreas, brain and
reproductive glands. Zinc plays an important role in many enzymatic
functions. It is especially important in the prostate
gland where supplemental zinc has been shown to decrease prostate
inflammation. Zinc is a regulator of the immune system ensuring that cells
for identifying and killing microbes, viruses and cancerous cells are in
good working order. Zinc is a cofactor for the antioxidant system
superoxide dismutase (SOD). Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. They
are unstable molecules that in their bid to become more stable must bump
into healthy cells and cause damage. Zinc also speeds wound healing and is
used for the healing of burns and surgical incisions. Zinc is involved in
the sensory organs, the eyes, nose and taste buds.
Zinc - An Important Trace Mineral
One of the first signs of zinc deficiency can be altered taste and smell.
Zinc regulates the activity of insulin, for blood sugar control, thyroid
hormone, for metabolism and the digestion of sugar and protein. Natural
health practitioners use zinc for a variety of health concerns including;
acne, benign prostatic hyperplasia, colds, flus, diabetes, diaper rash,
stomach ulcers, macular degeneration, impotence, osteoporosis, eczema and
Zinc levels are decreased by diarrhea, kidney disease, liver disease,
alcoholism and diabetes. Zinc is not absorbed when it is consumed with
fibre, phytates (found in grains and legumes), hard water, calcium, copper
and iron. Zinc is lost through perspiration so supplementation may be
helpful for athletes, those who live in hot climates and those who regularly
use saunas or steam rooms. Zinc is depleted by the following medications:
oral contraceptives, some diuretics, ulcer medications, antiviral medication
and some antibiotics. Much of our food is deficient in zinc due to poor
soil levels of the mineral. Food processing techniques destroy zinc.