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Zinc an Essential Element

by Sheida Kimiabakhsh
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Zinc an Essential Element



Zinc – the Essential Trace Element

 

Zinc Consumption

 Zinc is naturally  found in cells throughout the body and very small amounts of zinc are necessary for human health.  This essential mineral plays an important role, including the support of proper cardiovascular, reproductive and nervous systems. It is crucial in boosting the immune system to fight off harmful  bacteria and viruses. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells.  Zinc also helps wounds heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell.  Sufficient doses of Zinc oral supplements will shorten the common cold and flu symptoms and help the body heal faster.

  

Zinc and Covid19

 Because of the severity of Covid19, current  findings suggest that the consumption of supplements such as  zinc have increased as they could have protective effects against COVID-19 by supporting anti-viral immunity and reducing inflammation.

 

Benefits of Zinc for the skin

 

Zinc is Anti-Inflammatory.

When we think about skin health, Zinc automatically comes to mind as it is an essential and you could say wonder mineral that helps the body inside and out. It can even help maintain the health of your largest organ: your skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, zinc is especially beneficial for inflammation.  It works as an anti-oxidant in that it is a key part of your skin’s dietary defense force. This mineral helps lessen the formation of damaging free radicals and protects skin’s lipids (fats) —the cells that make collagen, your skin’s support structure that maintain elasticity and firmness, when skin is exposed to the sun, UV light and  pollution.  

 

Zinc is a Natural Sun Block.

This essential mineral is also a natural protectant against  the harmful effects of UVA and UVB sun damage and therefore  is used as a main ingredient in sun block products.  Unlike chemical sunscreen ingredients, which absorb into the top layers of your skin to filter out the damaging part of the sun’s rays, zinc oxide (a zinc-containing compound, which you should look for when purchasing sun screen) acts as a physical shield, preventing UV light from penetrating your skin altogether.  Zinc doesn’t absorb deeply, and it is less likely to irritate the skin like other ingredients might, which is why it’s ideal  for people with sensitive skin, kids and babies.

 

Zinc is Repairing and Firming.

As a common ingredient in  diaper rash creams, zinc oxide helps heal the skin by reducing inflammation, regulates immunity and may stimulate the production of new cells. It’s also an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which can soothe and treat skin quickly (some skin rash, burns and even cold sores).  

 Zinc acts as an anti-aging ingredient  and helps rebuild the skin; and promotes the production of collagen, which helps maintain elasticity and firmness.  It refines enlarged pores and promotes a blemish-free complexion.  Zinc Oxide is instrumental in  fighting  bacteria and regulating oil production that causes acne.  It increases the immunity of the skin, builds new cells and thickens the skin to prevent the penetration of environmental stress.  Regular and consistent use of skin care products that contain Zinc will promote a healthier, more radiant and younger looking complexion.

 

Because of its unique chemical makeup, it is quite difficult to mix Zinc with water.  They simply separate.  Therefore, Zinc is normally found in ointments which are oil-based,  rather than creams which also contain water.  The Aniise Normalizing Zinc Cream, however, has created an exclusive and  perfect formulation of water, essential oils and Zinc that will regulate the excess oil, gradually diminish sun spots, brown spots and discoloration resulting from pregnancy.

 

by Sheida Kimiabakhsh

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