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Everything you need to know about zinc

Zinc is a mighty mineral that helps out with a number of important functions in the human body. From its multiple health benefits to daily intake recommendations, this is everything you need to know…

In an ideal world, we’d all drink eight glasses of water every day, eat three nutritionally balanced meals, and round off with seven blissful hours in the land of nod. 

But despite our best intentions, life rarely goes to plan. What with balancing our busy workloads, making our own WFH lunches, and carving out half an hour in our schedule for a quick run, maintaining a healthy diet can often feel like mission impossible. 

Life is never straight forward, and most of us lack the time to get the calculator out and work out the magic formula to make sure our body is getting everything it needs. And though supplements should never be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle, they can provide us with essential nutrients, such as zinc.

Here, we explain everything you need to know about zinc, how it helps support your skin, and the best ways to take it. 

What is zinc?

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Zinc is a trace mineral found throughout the body, from our vital organs and bones, to our tissues and fluids.

It helps the body to perform a number of important processes, such as cell division and contributing to the normal function of the immune system and the maintenance of normal skin.

Despite being a nutritional powerhouse, our body can’t naturally produce it. That means that we have to obtain it ideally through our diet, which we can also support with supplements containing zinc.

What foods contain zinc?

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There are a wide range of food sources that are naturally rich in zinc. According to the NHS, good sources of zinc include meat, shellfish, dairy foods such as milk, yoghurt and cheese, bread, and cereal products like wheatgerm.

High levels of zinc can also be found in nuts and seeds, eggs, whole grains, certain vegetables like kale, peas and asparagus, and legumes such as chickpeas, lentils and kidney beans.

Zinc is also added to certain foods like breakfast cereals, snack bars and wheat flour while you can also obtain the mineral by taking zinc supplements or multi-vitamins.

When it comes to supplements, the skincare range from award-winning experts Imedeen help your skin from within with zinc to contribute to normal DNA synthesis and support the maintenance of normal skin. 

How much zinc do I need?

Currently, the recommended dietary allowance for zinc in the UK is around 7mg a day for women, and 9.5mg a day for men aged 19-64 years.

The NHS also advises that you take no more than 25mg of zinc supplements a day.

How does zinc help the skin?

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Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal skin.

The mineral also has a role in the process of cell division, which is why you’re likely to see it in the ingredients list when you’re browsing skin supplements.

How should I take zinc?

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As mentioned, zinc can be obtained both through our diet and supplements. Your diet may already be providing the required daily intake of zinc, so supplements shouldn’t be used as an alternative to a healthy and varied diet. 

Working alongside vitamin C, which helps protect cells from oxidative stress, the zinc found in Imedeen Derma One supplements will contribute to normal DNA synthesis when it comes to your skin. Simply add two tablets to your daily skincare routine. 

Imedeen skincare supplements have a product to suit all age ranges from 18 and over. Results can be seen in as little as 90 days – softer, smoother, younger-looking skin all over. Shop the collection here.

Book a free 15 minute consultation with an Imedeen skin expert to find out which Imedeen product is right for you and gain up to 20% discount on Imedeen at Boots here.