Zinc Gluconate is one of the more highly preferred supplements for zinc due to its relatively high bioavailability and its ease on the stomach. This compound is made up of one atom of zinc and two atoms of Gluconate for every molecule.
Zinc is useful for a variety of reasons, including maintenance of the digestive, immune and reproductive systems. It also carries out many other important tasks such as cell reproduction, hormonal balance, the absorption of other vitamins and minerals, and the synthesis of proteins.*
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This supplement is traditionally used as a treatment for deficiency. Those that have below-average levels of Zinc will experience negative symptoms such as poor night vision, slower healing after sustaining wounds, a reduction in the senses of both smell and taste and a lack of development in the reproductive organs (if the person is younger or still developing).
Reduction of Zinc levels in children can stunt growth, cause greater receptiveness to infection and disease. There are around 800,000 deaths per year reported where zinc deficiency was either a direct or indirect cause. In fact, zinc deficiency is credited with being the fifth-highest risk factor in disease development. A quarter of the world’s population may be at risk of developing a zinc deficiency.
Zinc itself is an antioxidant and can protect healthy cells in the body from sustaining damage due to free radicals. Zinc is also an important component in many different enzymatic reactions that contribute to the regularity of the body’s development. Specifically, collagen and Vitamin A are both dependent upon Zinc for their metabolism. Zinc also affects the ability to taste and smell, the appetite, and the levels of Vitamin E found in the blood. Zinc is commonly used to protect the skin and as an antiseptic.
Serving Size & Timing
The suggested serving size for this supplement is between 225 and 450mg per day. The highest 450mg serving size should not be exceeded under any circumstances. The FDA recommendation for zinc is 15mg per day. Since this supplement is made up of only 13% zinc, this means taking a 450mg serving will only equal out to about 60mg elemental zinc.