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Protect your skin, your hair and your nails with zinc

Zinc is present in small amounts in the body, but it plays an essential role, especially for the beauty and health of skin, hair and nails, and is an antioxidant.

Zinc, an essential trace mineral Zinc is a trace element found in nature, in the form of sulfur or carbonate. Many foods contain it, such as red meat, fish, dairy products and egg yolk. Cereals and vegetables such as pumpkin, carrots and peas may be inputs of zinc, but to a lesser extent since refining on the one hand and cooking on the other tend to destroy the minerals. In the body, zinc is present in very small amounts, two times less than iron. Nevertheless, this mineral plays a key role in many metabolic processes. Daily requirements are 15 mg for an adult (10 mg for a child and 13 mg for a teenager). And zinc deficiency can lead to multiple disorders in children (growth retardation, susceptibility to allergies ...) as well as in adults (fatigue, hair loss, brittle nails, diseases, dermatoses ...).

These deficiencies are aggravated by tobacco, alcohol, coffee and stress. That said, conversely, over-consumption of zinc, more than six times the recommended daily intake, can cause side effects: nausea, diarrhea, digestive intolerance. Zinc, an ally of choice Zinc plays a role in many enzymatic reactions of the body, just as it participates in the metabolism of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins. It intervenes thus in more than two hundred chemical reactions! Zinc is, for example, an essential element for the proper functioning of the immune system, maintenance of blood sugar levels, protection of the prostate in humans, prevention of colds ... Above all, zinc is an essential ally of skin, hair and nails.

First of all, this trace element is an antioxidant. It is also nicknamed "the trace element of beauty", for several reasons: it is involved in the synthesis of collagen, the protein responsible for the elasticity of the skin; it participates in the production of keratinocytes, the cells that synthesize the keratin of the epidermis and integuments - that is to say, in humans, nails and hair; it finally regulates the level of vitamin A, necessary in particular for the renewal of cells, in the body.

Thus, zinc contributes directly to the functioning of the cells of the epidermis. For this reason, it is ideal for skin problems, first and foremost acne, since zinc fights against bacteria, prevents inflammation and promotes healing. It is also indicated in cases of eczema (non-ulcerative!), Herpes or alopecia. In general, it protects your skin, your hair and your nails. To do this, it is possible to do a zinc cure. It will also have the advantage of fighting against the premature aging of your skin. Where to find it? Zinc will be present in some natural foods such as unrefined black molasses or certain food supplements such as brewer's yeast.