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THE ROLE OF ZINC

Zinc plays an essential role in our bodies1. The mineral is involved in the production of at least 300 enzymes and plays a part in hundreds of body processes, from producing DNA. Zinc contributes to our immune function supporting healthy cell growth and development.

Our bodies don't produce zinc so NHS guidelines recommend a daily intake to ensure we maintain healthy levels of this important mineral2.

Natural sources of zinc

Good dietary sources of zinc include: meat, shellfish, dairy foods (such as cheese) bread and cereal products (such as wheat germ). NHS guidelines suggest men need between 5.5-9.5mg a day and women between 4.0-7.0g. The NHS also points out that taking high doses of zinc reduces the amount of copper the body can absorb which can lead to anaemia and weakening of the bones3.

Symptoms of zinc deficiency

Zinc deficiency is noted as a worldwide problem4. However, because zinc’s functions in the body are widespread, the symptoms and conditions of zinc deficiency can be diverse. For example soft nails, acne, loss of appetite, dry hair, altered taste and weight loss can all be indicators.

Zinc supplements

To increase your daily zinc intake Seven Seas Perfect7, a blend of Natural Source Marine Oil with Omega-3 plus essential multivitamins and minerals, also includes 15mg zinc. This formula provides effective absorption of nutrients in your body's cells to support you from the inside as you get older.

Similarly, Seven Seas Perfect7 Prime 50+, a blend of Natural Source Marine Oil with Omega-3 and collagen, also incorporates 15mg zinc. Dietary supplements that contain only zinc are also available.

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