Almonds are an excellent natural source of Zinc
Zinc is a nutrient that plays many vital roles in human’s body. According to the Healthline, Zinc is required for numerous processes in the human body, including: gene expression, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, growth and development.
Research suggests that zinc contributes to male sperm germination, quality of sperm, and fertilisation. It also acts as a hormone balancer for testosterone, contributes to prostate and sexual health, and functions as an antibacterial agent in the male urea system.
According to Healthline, the benefits of Zinc are:
“Better Immune System
Zinc supplements stimulate particular immune cells and reduce oxidative stress. For example, a review of seven studies demonstrated that 80–92 mg per day of zinc may reduce the length of the common cold by up to 33%.
Better Wound Healing
Zinc is commonly used in hospitals as a treatment for burns, certain ulcers and other skin injuries. Because this mineral plays critical roles in collagen synthesis, immune function and inflammatory response, it is necessary for proper healing.
Reduced risk of certain Age-related Diseases
Zinc may significantly reduce your risk of age-related diseases, such as pneumonia, infection and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Zinc may relieve oxidative stress and improve immune response by boosting the activity of T-cells and natural killer cells, which help protect your body from infection. One study determined that 45 mg per day of zinc may decrease infection rates in older adults by nearly 66%.
Studies suggest that both topical and oral zinc treatments can effectively treat acne by reducing inflammation, inhibiting the growth of P. acnes bacteria and suppressing oily gland activity.
In a study of 40 old adults, those who took 45 mg of zinc per day experienced greater reductions in inflammatory markers than a placebo group.”
Healthline. Zinc: Everything You Need to Know. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/zinc
PubMed.gov. Innovative uses for zinc in dermatology. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20510767/
PubMed.gov. Discovery of Human Zinc Deficiency: Its Impact on Human Health and Disease. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3649098/
PubMed.gov. The immune system and the impact of zinc during aging. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2702361/
Wikipedia. Zinc. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinc
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