Balance-ZINC-ZN Supplement Information

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Balance-ZInc-ZN

  • Provides Highly-Absorbed Zinc for a Variety of Protocols
  • High-Concentration Zinc to Boost Immune Function

This product provides 54 mg of highly-absorbed zinc, ideally formulated using the amino acid chelate form of zinc (zinc glycinate) for enhanced absorption, optimal utilization and gastrointestinal (GI) comfort. Supplementing the right form of zinc is key to maintaining healthy levels within the body and compliance to a supplement regimen. Zinc plays a crucial role in boosting immune function, maintaining healthy tissue growth, and increasing the antioxidant reserves that protect the body from free radical damage.

Overview

Zinc is an essential trace mineral important to many functions of human health. It plays a role in maintaining cellular metabolism and gene expression. Zinc is critical to a diverse group of physiological processes, such as immune function, insulin signaling, tissue repair, vision and neuro-transmission. It is second only to iron in worldwide incidence of deficiency, impacting 2 billion people in developing nations. Due to the wide range of functions regulated by zinc, deficiency, or even marginal deficiency, can have serious health implications.

Zinc is fundamental to the activity of over 100 enzymes and supports immune function, protein synthesis, tissue growth, DNA synthesis and cell division.[1-5] During pregnancy, infancy and childhood, the body needs zinc for proper growth and development.[6-9] Zinc also helps tissue repair and is important for adequate functioning of the senses of taste and smell. Daily intake of zinc is necessary to maintain adequate levels within the body because the body has no specialized zinc storage system.

Bioavailability – The Mineral Chelate Difference†

Comparison studies have shown significantly superior absorption of mineral chelates compared to other mineral forms.

  • Chelated zinc is 230% better absorbed than zinc sulfate
  • Chelated zinc is 390%better absorbed than zinc oxide
  • Chelated zinc offers greater protection from interfering dietary factors

Mild to moderate zinc deficiency impacts immune function[11] by slowing down the activity of macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, and complement activity. [12] Individuals with low zinc levels have shown below- normal immune activitythat can be corrected by zinc supplementation. Low Zinc
status has been associated with increased risk of immune challenges that benefit from improving zinc levels. [14-17]

Tissue Growth†

Zinc plays a role in maintaining the integrity of skin and mucosal membranes.[12] Patients with skin weakness have been observed to have abnormal zinc metabolism and low serum zinc levels.[18] Many clinicians have used zinc to benefit patients with thin, fragile skin. [19]

Eye Health†

Researchers have demonstrated that both zinc and antioxidants support eye health in those with age-related loss of visual acuity and general visual decline, by preventing free radical cellular damage in the retina.[20-21] One population- based cohort study suggests that high dietary intake of zinc, as well as beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, was associated with added support for eye health in elderly subjects. [22]

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Does Not Contain- Gluten, corn, yeast, artificial colors and flavors.

Cautions- Do not consume this product if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult your physician for further information.

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Bioavailability†

The importance of bioavailability is obvious. If consuming a zinc supplement has little effect on improving the body’s zinc balance, there is no reason to ingest it. Signs of inferior mineral supplements include the use of cheap, poorly absorbed, rock- salt minerals. This product is formulated with the superior amino acid chelate form, zinc glycinate, which does not ionize in the gut and therefore is not impacted by dietary factors and is absorbed at a higher rate than those formulated with zinc salt forms (See Figure 1).

Directions

1 or more capsules per day or as recommended by your health care professional.

These statement have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnosed, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

References

  1. Sandstead HH. Understanding zinc: recent observations and interpretations. J Lab Clin Med 1994;124:322-7.
  2. Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2001.
  3. Solomons NW. Mild human zinc deficiency produces an imbalance between cell-mediated and humoral immunity. Nutr Rev 1998;56:27-8.
  4. Prasad AS. Zinc: an overview. Nutrition 1995;11:93-9.
  5. Heyneman CA. Zinc deficiency and taste disorders. Ann Pharmacother 1996;30:186-7.
  6. Simmer K, Thompson RP. Zinc in the fetus and newborn. Acta Paediatr Scand Suppl 1985;319:158-63.
  7. Fabris N, Mocchegiani E. Zinc, human diseases and aging. Aging (Milano) 1995;7:77-93.
  8. Maret W, Sandstead HH. Zinc requirements and the risks and benefits of zinc supplementation. J Trace Elem Med Biol 2006;20:3-18.
  9. Prasad AS, Beck FW, Grabowski SM, Kaplan J, Mathog RH. Zinc deficiency: changes in cytokine production and T-cell subpopulations in patients with head and neck cancer and in noncancer subjects. Proc Assoc Am Physicians 1997;109:68-77.
  10. RinkL,GabrielP.Zincandtheimmunesystem.Proc Nutr Soc 2000;59:541-52.
  11. Shankar AH, Prasad AS.Zinc and immune function: the biological basis of altered resistance to infection. Am J Clin Nutr 1998;68:447S-63S.
  12. WintergerstES,MagginiS,HornigDH.Contribution of selected vitamins and trace elements to immune function. Ann Nutr Metab 2007;51:301-23.
  13. Prasad AS. Effects of zinc deficiency on Th1 and Th2 cytokine shifts. J Infect Dis 2000;182 (Suppl):S62-8.
  14. BahlR,BhandariN,HambidgeKM,BhanMK.Plasmazinc as a predictor of diarrheal and respiratory morbidity in children in an urban slum setting. Am J Clin Nutr 1998;68 (2 Suppl):414S-7S.
  15. BrooksWA,SantoshamM,NaheedA,GoswamiD,Wahed MA, Diener-West M, et al. Effect of weekly zinc supplements on incidence of pneumonia and diarrhoea in children younger than 2 years in an urban, low-income population in Bangladesh: randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2005;366:999-1004.
  1. MeydaniSN,BarnettJB,DallalGE,FineBC,JacquesPF, Leka LS, et al. Serum zinc and pneumonia in nursing home elderly. Am J Clin Nutr 2007;86:1167-73.
  2. BlackRE.Zincdeficiency,infectiousdiseaseandmortality in the developing world. J Nutr 2003;133:1485S-9S.
  3. LansdownAB,MirastschijskiU,StubbsN,ScanlonE, Agren MS. Zinc in wound healing: theoretical, experimental, and clinical aspects. Wound Repair Regen 2007;15:2-16.
  4. AndersonI.Zincasanaidtohealing.NursTimes 1995;91:68, 70.
  5. EvansJR. Antioxidant vitamin and mineral supplements for slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2006;(2):CD000254.
  1. Age-RelatedEyeDiseaseStudyResearchGroup. A randomized, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of high- dose supplementation with vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and zinc for age-related macular degeneration and vision loss: AREDS report no. 8. Arch Ophthalmol 2001;119:1417-36.
  2. VanLeeuwenR,BoekhoornS,VingerlingJR,Witteman
    JC, Klaver CC, Hofman A, et al. Dietary intake of antioxidants and risk of age-related macular degeneration. JAMA 2005;294:3101-7.

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