Zinc and Copper Imbalance

Copper and zinc are essential nutrients necessary to sustain the health and function of the human body. These two metal compounds naturally exist in the environment around us including our food and water but can pose major health complications if they are concentrated in our bodies inadequately.
Up until 1963, clinicians did not even question the possibility that zinc deficiency may cause serious health symptoms nevertheless pose a fatal threat. Since then, an increasing rate of chronic illness and disease has caused researchers to further investigate how both metal toxicity and deficiency affect our health and wellbeing.
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Zinc has so many health benefits that it’s almost impossible to cover them all in one post. Zinc is important for balancing immunity, decreasing inflammation, as an antioxidant, cognitive function and so much more!

What is Zinc?

Zinc is an essential mineral whose significance to health is increasingly appreciated. Zinc is found in all organs, tissues, and fluids in the body. Primarily Zinc is stored in Brain, Eye, Heart, Kidneys, Liver, Pancreas, Prostate Gland, Sperm, Bones, Strong Muscles and Skin. As the second most abundant trace mineral in the body after iron, it plays a pivotal role in a variety of biological processes. In 1961 essentiality of zinc for humans was recognized. A systematic literature search was done to identify relevant studies investigating the role of zinc in human health. This review concerns the importance of zinc in health and the consequences of its deficiency. Zinc deficiency leads to complications of pregnancy and childbirth, low birth weight and poor growth in childhood, reduced immunocompetence, and increased infectious disease morbidity. Pregnant women with zinc deficiency are at risk of premature labour and miscarriages, inefficient labour and delivery, stillbirths, lower mental ability of the child, retarded foetal growth and low immunity of both mother and baby. Zinc can reduce the duration, severity and incidence of diarrhea in children. Zinc deficiency was indicated as a risk factor for immune deficiency and susceptibility to infection in the elderly. Zinc is used in preventive trials and treatment of diarrhea, pneumonia, common cold, respiratory infections and malaria. Sufficient zinc is essential in maintaining immune system function. Supplementation of zinc and with other micronutrients may be beneficial during periods of greatest vulnerability such as early childhood, pregnancy and elderly. Ensuring adequate levels of zinc intake should be a key component in efforts to reduce illness. Zinc is required for the catalytic activity of more than 300 enzymes involved in the synthesis and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, nucleic acids, other micronutrients and over 1,000 different types of proteins necessary for reading DNA. Zinc also plays roles in stabilizing cell and organ structures, wound healing, cell division, growth, blood clotting, thyroid function, vision, taste, and smell. Because it plays such a critical role in the immune system, zinc deficiency contributes significantly to the global burden of disease, making it a major public health issue. Groups at risk for zinc deficiency include people with digestive disorders, vegetarians, pregnant and lactating women, alcoholics, and people with sickle cell disease.

Zinc and Diet

Despite having such critical functions, it is not stored in the body and requires a regular intake from external source. Good dietary sources of zinc include red meats, seafood, dairy products, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. However, zinc is more easily absorbed from meat and animal proteins. Vegetables are not ideal sources because they contain phytate, a compound in plants that prevents zinc from being absorbed.

Health Benefits of Zinc

Zinc Deficiency Lowers Immunity

Both depressed and anxious people are at a great risk of developing chronic immune infections and illnesses associated with inflammation such as cardiovascular disease. These health struggles are activated by oxidative stress.
Zinc shows antioxidant properties by preventing liver damage in alcoholics and regulating GABA and glutamate. Both GABA and glutamate are essential to the central nervous system. Coupled together they provide appropriate nerve impulses, and control the ability of cells to reproduce. Low levels of zinc reduce GABA and glutamate thereby triggering health consequences reliant on healthy liver function and cellular immunity.

Zinc Deficiency Can Cause Birth Defects

Low zinc concentrations in a developing fetus has been found to increase the risk of low birth weight. Pregnant women have a high daily zinc recommendation because of their feeding requirements to a developing fetus. As mentioned, zinc is a critical nutrient required for growth and development which in animal studies was found to cause fatality in newborns when zinc remained absent from diet.

Zinc Deficiency Causes Metabolic Problems

Acrodermatitis enteropathica (AE): AE is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by zinc deficiency. This disorder is typically diagnosed shortly after birth in which these individuals are more likely to experience congenital malformations, emotional disturbances, problems gaining weight, lactose intolerance and further malabsorption problems. Left untreated without zinc supplementation, AE can lead to fatality.
Hyperammonemia: A metabolic problem resulting in the excess buildup of ammonia in the blood as a possible consequence of liver disease affected by zinc deficiency.

Zinc Therapy For Major Health Problems

Studies have shown that the treatment of zinc therapy to individuals faced with a variety of health struggles is effective. Zinc treatment has successfully improved the health of people with the following problems

  • Dwarfism
  • Hypogonadism
  • Hypogammaglobulinemia
  • Giardiasis
  • Strongyloidosis
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Sexual Ability
  • Wilson’s Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Macular degeneration
  • Common cold symptoms
  • Sickle-cell disease