THE IMPORTANCE OF ZINC by ZOLTAN P. RONA, M.D., M.Sc. Zinc is becoming the most frequently

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ZINC by ZOLTAN P. RONA, M.D., M.Sc. Zinc is becoming the most frequently prescribed supplement in holistic health centers and with good reason. It can have a wide range of beneficial effects that include enhancing wound healing, promoting a healthy immune system, optimizing sexual performance and balancing thyroid function. Despite the fact that there are many thousands of published articles and books on the clinical importance of zinc, it seems that only nutritionally oriented practitioners are applying the available knowledge. Zinc deficiency signs and symptoms are similar to the general signs of malnutrition and include: growth retardation, infertility, delayed sexual maturation, low sperm count, hair loss, skin conditions of various types, diarrhea, weakened immune response, behavioral and sleep disturbances, vitamin A non-responsive night blindness, impaired taste or smell perception, impaired wound healing and white spots or horizontal ridges on the fingernails. The wound healing effects of zinc supplementation have been known since 1955. Many double-blind studies since that time have demonstrated zinc's ability to accelerate healing in post-surgical cases, leg ulcers and gastric ulcers. One recent study showed that taking about 10 zinc lozenges (containing 23 mgs. of zinc) per day reduced the length of recovery from the common cold from an average of 10.8 days to 3.9 days. One of the reasons for this may be because zinc is a cofactor for a number of enzymes involved in the immune response. Zinc deficiency is associated with compromised immune response and normalized by zinc replacement therapy. Studies done on persons suffering from AIDS have demonstrated zinc's importance with respect to the immune system. Although not a treatment for AIDS, some clinicians have argued for its benefits as a --- Rest of Article Missing....

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