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Zinc: Health Benefits, Symptoms of Deficiency and Overdose

As the second most common trace mineral in the body, zinc is found in all body tissues and more than 200 human enzymes. Some of its key roles include promoting cell reproduction and thus the growth and repair of tissues as well as promoting fertility in men. Zinc is vital for normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence. Nonetheless, it is probably best known as an antioxidant and for its ability to boost […]

When More Vitamins and Minerals Are Needed

Although our knowledge about nutrition has grown tremendously over the past few decades, there is still some disagreement among the experts on the exact amount of vitamins and minerals the average person needs. The standard recommended dietary allowances may be fine for a typical adult, but they are often too low (or in some cases too high), for individuals in special circumstances, such as pregnancy or advancing age. Therefore, some people may need to consider […]

Natural Antioxidants and their Health Benefits

Some of the most common vitamins and minerals have in the past few decades became better known as powerful antioxidants. Scientists continue investigating their anti-oxidative properties to better understand whether such vitamins and minerals can really prevent chronic illnesses or moderate their intensity and evidence is growing all the time. Some highly distinguished researchers now recommend diets deliberately high in antioxidants to help the body to get rid of free radicals. Common conditions, that some […]

Diet and Immunity

Although vitamins and minerals alone cannot cure or prevent an infection, extra doses of certain nutrients do seem to reduce the severity of some infectious diseases. It goes without saying that a long-lasting vitamin deficiency is an invitation to disease. A vigorous immune system is all that stands between us and perpetual infection while dietary nutrients are known to have a significant impact on the status of our immune system. Some experts even suggest that […]

The role of Magnesium and Zinc in Bodybuilding Supplements

Although there is a vast array of supplements targeted at the sporting community simply absurd in their claims, we are going to have a closer look at one product called ZMA, citing less grandiose claims, accompanied by plausible explanations, to see whether there is merit in such claims. ZMA (30mg zinc monomethionine aspartate, 450mg magnesium aspartate and 10.5mg vitamin B6, which is added in order to improve absorption of zinc and magnesium) is mostly targeted […]