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I have long been a fan оf the mineral zinc. As you will learn zinc is the behind-the-scenes superstar that nobody expected. Zinc is an integrated systems manager. The thing about zinc is that it has its fingers on the pulse оf life. Like water and oxygen, zinc directs and nurtures life in each and every system. We know that metals have electromagnetic charges and they hold a memory. Zinc is the most active mineral/metal in our body. Like other metals, zinc makes a great choice as structural material and for other activities. ADD HERE
A life without zinc would suck and will continue to suck. Like a deficiency in oxygen and water can become a life emergency, a lack оf zinc is just fatal and leads to your demise, but just in a much slower time frame.
Zinc is a powerful micronutrient
Zinc is an essential trace element for all living organisms and is used in multiple biological processes. This mighty trace mineral is embedded into the nucleolus of every cell of our body. This means zinc has an effect on every organ, tissue, and gland in the body. Zinc is found in our eyes, the ear, the brain, the thyroid, the thymus, the liver, skin, inside our 30+ trillion red blood cells, and each оf the epithelial cells that line each оf our blood vessels. The majority of our zinc, around 57% is found in muscle 29% in bone and 6% is found in skin and 5% in the liver, 1.5% in the brain, and 0.1% in blood plasma .https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7287917/#
Zinc acts like a fertilizer to adipose (fat) stem cells as it stimulates the growth оf baby neurons, a process called Neurite Outgrowth. Neurite Outgrowth are the projections produced from developing neurons. Neurite outgrowth is essential for wiring the nervous system during development and is essential for nerve regeneration following a trauma. ‘evidence suggests that zinc may be a key element in neurogenesis and cognitive function ‘. zinc is involved in the regulation of various cellular processes including cell division and DNA synthesis. Zinc also affects the growth factor control of cell division, especially in cells regulated by insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I)  or nerve growth factor (NGF). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p...
Zinc Powers Life, the “Energizer”
Zinc is responsible for numerous functions in your body and interacts with more than 600 enzymatic proteins in the body, (recently upgraded from 300)1. (ADD new REFERENCE)
Enzymes perform important functions inside the body as they are catalysts that speed up chemical reaction times. Reactions that might take seconds to minutes to hours, happen in a nanosecond, with the assistance оf an enzyme. Enzymes are responsible for powering many оf our biological systems making life possible. Without enzymes life could not exist. Our body makes about 1300 enzymes and zinc is present in about half оf them.
Zinc wears many many hats and is comfortable in both structural and regulatory roles.
Zinc in a structural role
Many genetic factors contain "zinc fingers" where zinc serves in a structural role. 29 For instance zinc may lower the folding enthalpy of a protein (thermodynamic pressure) the folding rate to stabilize the action оf the finger. ZFs.
Zinc in a regulatory role, meaning that zinc increases the catalytic rate.
Zinc is involved in the regulation of various cellular processes including cell division and DNA synthesis. Zinc also affects the growth factor control of cell division, especially in cells regulated by insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I)  or nerve growth factor (NGF). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p...
Zinc plays a regulatory role with alkaline phosphatase (Section V.B) https://authors.library.caltec...
Zinc Energizes Life Force
Metals, like zinc, that bind to an enzyme, are called metalloenzymes. Over 600 metalloenzymes, оf 1300 in the body, use zinc as a cofactor. These metal-mineral cofactors assist in eliciting additional reactions that the enzymes alone could not perform. For example, hemoglobin, from inside our red blood cells, or simply RBCs, is a metalloprotein that uses iron as a cofactor. Hemoglobin without iron, can not sufficiently bind to oxygen and this creates a condition known as anemia, a condition in which the body becomes hypoxic and is starving for oxygen. As we will learn zinc also is also used by RBCs.
Zinc is so loved by the body that it is the most used cofactor in human proteins 1,2.
An estimated 10% of our genes encode proteins (our proteome) that bind with zinc. . https://immunityageing.biomedc...
Zinc and Growth
Zinc is required for protein synthesis, cell division, and growth.
That is a tall order! Pun intended!
Zinc is the most abundant trace mineral and is present across many оf our biological systems. Zinc is found inside the nucleus of every human cell where it is bound to metalloenzymes.