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What Are the Benefits of Liquid Zinc?

Zinc is a naturally-occurring metallic element that has a broad range of uses and applications – zinc is used to galvanize other metals, by the United States Mint in legal tender coinage, and it’s also a vital nutrient that provides a wide array of benefits for the human body. Zinc supports proper thyroid function, blood clotting, the healing of wounds, and other regenerative skin functions, and zinc also assists the human body in metabolic function and supports the immune system. Researchers are continually learning more about how zinc interacts with the human body and the many processes which depend upon it. You may have taken a zinc lozenge at some point in your life without realizing it – its myriad nurturing and healing properties make it an essential element for human health and survival.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended daily amount of zinc is between 8 and 11 mg for average adults. When not in liquid or pill form, zinc can be used topically as zinc oxide which comes as a paste or ointment which is then applied to the dermis of the affected area. Some common food sources of zinc include beans, cheese, fish, other meats, milk, and whole-grain cereals. Because of this, vegetarians and especially vegans may be susceptible to zinc deficiency without the use of supplements. 

Zinc is also invaluable to child growth and development, too, making liquid zinc particularly helpful in cases where children might be experiencing a zinc deficiency. But why liquid? The human body can absorb 60-70% more nutrients from liquid vitamins or multivitamins than their capsule and pill counterparts. Not only does liquid vitamin administration allow for greater absorption, but, if given sublingually, the body can also absorb nutrients more quickly than allowing a capsule or pill to traverse the entire digestive tract. Liquid vitamins can be easier to take than conventional capsules or pills, they can help your body absorb more nutrients, and they enable your body to get the important vitamins and nutrients it needs to thrive. 

Zinc Benefits for Skin and More

Because zinc is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent, it possesses many properties which can be helpful for reducing the symptoms associated with common skin conditions like acne, eczema, rosacea, and dandruff. Not only that, but zinc also plays a highly important role in cellular growth and the production of collagen as well. Zinc can also help mitigate many signs of aging like crow’s feet, other wrinkles around the face and neck, lines, and spots as well. Zinc also supports the process of healing when the skin is wounded – from helping blood clot more quickly and effectively to enabling damaged cells to repair or replenish more rapidly. 

Zinc benefits for skin are numerous – oral and topical treatments have been effective in the treatment of warts, as well as psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, among many other dermatological conditions. Zinc enables the human body to regularly produce healthy new skin cells, and reduce redness, flakiness, or otherwise irritated skin conditions. Zinc can also help fuel the repair and replacement of old or damaged cells lining the gastrointestinal tract – potentially enabling your body to absorb other healthy nutrients more efficiently. 

For people who prefer to ingest their vitamins and other supplemental nutrients in liquid form, there are liquid zinc products available as well. Generally, liquid vitamins are much easier for the human body to absorb than capsules and pills, and they can be safer for consumption and more effective for people who have gastrointestinal issues that may make absorption less effective. These are just a handful of examples of the many liquid zinc benefits.

Side Effects of Zinc

Like many other vitamins and nutrients, consuming too much zinc can be toxic. Zinc toxicity side effects may include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. According to the National Institutes of Health, excessive zinc intake of more than 40 mg per day can potentially cause changes in bodily iron function, low copper levels, reduce immune system effectiveness, and cause urogenital problems. There’s also potential for zinc to interact with diuretics and certain antibiotics, so always check with your primary care physician before starting or stopping supplements or other medication. 

While zinc supplements are generally fairly innocuous, some people can experience unpleasant side effects such as diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. To reduce the chance of experiencing such side effects or a zinc overdose, do not take more than the suggested daily limit of 40 mg unless otherwise instructed by a licensed healthcare professional. If you experience any of the aforementioned side effects while taking zinc supplements, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

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