What is zinc and why should we take zinc?
Zinc is the second most abundant mineral in humans after iron. It is present in every cell and is an important trace element needed for immune system health, metabolism, digestion, nervous function and many other processes. Zinc deficiency can significantly increase the risk of bacterial and viral infections, as well as seriously damage the immune system. Zinc is considered a basic nutrient, which means that your body cannot produce or store it, so it is recommended to take zinc every day as a dietary supplement. Intake of this product leads to the following benefits:
• Consolidates the immune system
• Protects eye health
• Supports heart health
• Stimulates memory and concentration
• Reduces the risk of viral infections
• Reduces the risk of macular degeneration
• Stimulates the body’s natural defenses
• Reduces the risk of inflammatory diseases
• Shortens the duration of the cold
• Helps heal the skin
Zinc occupies an important place in the skin: it is necessary for cell division and tissue growth and regeneration. In general, zinc glycinate is also included in:
• Functioning immune system
• Transport of vitamins A and E.
• Inclusion of fatty acids in phospholipids
• Inhibition of 5-α-reductase activity, which acts on sebum secretion
• Inhibition of the activity of an enzyme that breaks down triglycerides into free fatty acids
• Melanin synthesis
In addition, zinc is said to have an antioxidant effect and scar. In cosmetics, zinc is one of the basic astringent and antiseptic ingredients. In order to be used in a stable and accessible way, it is used in the form of zinc gluconate.
EFFICIENCY MECHANISMS / EVIDENCE OF EFFICIENCY
Zinc glycinate is a potent inhibitor of 5-α-reductase. This enzyme acts as a catalyst in the conversion of androgens to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which binds to sebaceous gland receptors. The bond leads to the formation of sebum. Zinc inhibits the enzyme and thus slows down the excessive activity of the sebum glands (hyperseborea).
In vivo tests have confirmed this effect of zinc. Measurement of sebum production on the skin surface during topical zinc treatment shows reduced sebum production.
Zinc ions also have anti-inflammatory effects. Zinc reduces the activation of these cells in keratinocyte cultures. It limits the production of TNF and maintains cell viability.
In vitro, zinc reduces oxidative stress. So, it belongs to a large family of antioxidants. It is assumed that zinc glycinate initially forms thiolates with thiol groups of protein membranes and thus prevents the formation of radicals with other ions. Furthermore, it should preserve the activity and structure of superoxide dismutase. Finally, zinc increases the concentration of thioneins that destroy free radicals.
Zinc is also known for its antiseptic properties. Studies have been performed on cultures of microorganisms such as E. Coli, S. Aureus, or C. Albican. The result was that zinc was able to inhibit the spread of bacteria or fungi.
OPINION OF OUR EXPERTS
Zinc glycinate is known and established as a 5-α-reductase modulator. It also has an antimicrobial effect, which, however, varies depending on the salts and compounds used (eg copper).
It is usually recommended for oily skin prone to acne.
However, its availability remains a challenge. Forms of “organic” salt are cheaper than forms of mineral salts. Salicylic acid, acetate and gluconic acid are the most common forms.
Due to its chelating properties, zinc can also interact with other excipients of the formula (free electron pair such as hydroxyl) and bind to complexes that must be biologically exchanged. Therefore, this should be checked on tests for caution.
In the gluconate formula a concentration of 3% may be of interest. However, expectations of a short-term effect should be moderate in all cases. If used alone, zinc is more of a surface modulator (oily skin). Fast and good effect against acne requires its association with at least one keratolytic substance such as salicylic acid
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Each capsule contains 30 mg of zinc (from TRAACS® zinc glycinate chelate)
How to use this product?
• The pack contains 90 capsules
• Take 1 capsule daily with food and water. Taking zinc on an empty stomach can cause an upset stomach in some people
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