Zinc is responsible for over 1000 enzymatic processes in the body and plays a role in the proper functioning of multiple organs. PROs in the past have most commonly discussed zinc with their patients during cold and flu season, or when boosting the the immune system has became more important. Research continues to show that zinc for more than just immune support. This anti-inflammatory and antioxidant is now being seen as important for public health beyond immune support applications.
Zinc-Deficiency and Diet
Zinc deficiency is common as restrictive diets and allergies have removed many foods from our diets that naturally provides this important trace mineral. Even mild zinc deficiency has been shown to create disruptions that may not be considered as your patients experience poor appetite, brain fog, or changes to their skin. PROs should consider zinc for the ones they care as another natural way to address common issues and conditions.
PROs are now suggesting zinc when discussing depression and depressive disorders. Studies have shown that maintaining adequate levels of zinc alone has been shown to provide antidepressant-like results in human trials. The hippocampus, directly responsible for emotion-related processing, contains the largest concentration of zinc in the brain. And, research has shown that maintaining adequate zinc levels to support brain health cam improve the efficacy of antidepressants and outcomes in psychiatric therapy.
The body's need for zinc starts in the womb with evidence showing deficiencies tied to impaired brain development of unborn children. Zinc deficiency has been tied to general cognitive impairment and having the right amount is more important as people age. Zinc supplementation is also considered more often now that maintaining mineralization has been shown to help when treating Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.
PROs know that zinc deficiency can present itself through irritation, psoriasis, and other skin manifestations of the scalp. Patients experiencing Inflammation of the scalp or suffering from alopecia symptoms can benefit from zinc supplementation. Animal studies have shown that zinc acts as a modulator for hair growth and helps to reduce chemo-induced alopecia conditions. Comorbidities that interfere with zinc absorption, like hypothyroidism, are often associated with hair loss.
Patients presenting issues associated with compromised liver function can benefit from zinc and its support in improving liver function. Clinical trials have given hope to sickle cell disease patients as zinc supplementation has been shown to help increase both growth and body weight measures. PROs have began suggesting zinc for kidney disease and renal failure patients in response to expected increases in their urination and the expedited loss of zinc.
Why Suggest Pico Zinc?
The body does not store excess zinc, and it must be consumed regularly as part of the well-balanced diet or through supplementation. Even small amounts of zinc are essential to human health, and deficiencies are common.
Pico Zinc offers stabilized ions of zinc that are fully absorbed at the cellular level. Our unique, picometer-sized product allows for quick absorption and availability of Zinc in a liquid form. We are proud to offer Pico Zinc as part of our liquid minerals family to help support electrolyte balance in the body. Suggesting Pico Zinc to your patients supports your ability to define precise intake levels while they receive a consistently high-quality formulation you can trust.
Continue Your Journey
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