Zinc is one of the most important trace elements in our diet and it is required for more than 200 enzyme activities within the body.
Zinc is the principal protector of our immune systems and is essential for the structure and function of cell membranes.
It helps prevent blindness due to aging, treats infertility problems, maintains sense of taste and smell, prevents hair loss and treats acne and other skin problems.
Good natural sources of Zinc are meat, mushrooms, oysters, eggs and whole grain products.
Symptoms of deficiency can include the following:
- Poor appetite
- Abnormal taste, smell & vision
- Slow healing wounds
- Increased susceptibility to infections
The 1988-1991 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that up to 45% of adults over the age of 60 had daily Zinc intakes well below the estimated average requirements.
Supplementation along with a good multi-vitamin is suggested and an increase in Copper and Selenium should be considered. Zinc is thought to not be toxic although doses in excess of 150mg a day may cause nausea and vomiting.
You may well not have heard of this substance but it is likely that it will not be too long before it is as well-known as aspirin.
Serrapeptase is an enzyme which is fairly new to the scene in that it has only been studied for about 30 years. However in that time it has created quite a stir and the list of conditions which it has been suggested that it can cure has grown so long that if it can only do half of what is claimed it will have earned its title as the “Miracle” Enzyme. You see Serrapeptase is a Protease Type Enzyme that stops inflammation and dissolves non-vital tissue.
Over the past 30 years studies have indicated that it can benefit in a huge number of conditions including: Arthritis, inflammatory Migraines/Headaches, and Chest Problems such as Bronchitis, Asthma, Bronchiectasis, Sinus, Blocked Arteries, Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Breast engorgement and Cancers.
Enzymes are catalysts and fulfill many essential functions in the human body. There are Digestive enzymes, Metabolic enzymes and Clean-up enzymes which work with the vitamins and minerals we supply to our bodies and they provide the energy for us to function, the maintenance facilities to repair damaged bodies and the cleanup crew to scour out and discard the refuse and waste products and toxins.
On a daily basis we obtain these enzymes form unprocessed, raw or little cooked food or by taking some form of supplementation. Studies have found that a 70 year old has only 20% of the enzymes found in the body of a 20 year old. This is a major part of the cause of age related diseases.
So how many enzymes are there? Well that is difficult to answer, all that we can say is that in 1930 only 80 enzymes had been discovered buy by 2000 this had risen to 3,000 enzymes and the figure keeps on rising. In addition in all the studies that have been undertaken there have been no adverse side effects found from the use of enzymes. So if there are no side effects why are doctors not using them? There are many doctors that are starting to sue enzymes and other natural supplements but they are a small number who have started to look at medicine from a more eastern viewpoint. Unfortunately in the west our medical culture is more of disease management whereas the eastern culture is more based on health maintenance. In China you pay your doctor when you are healthy not when you are ill so he has a financial interest in keeping you healthy!
Serrapeptase dissolves non-living tissue, blood clots, cysts and arterial plaque and inflammation in all forms. Much of the work on understanding what Serrapeptase can achieve I being undertaken. There have been some amazing stories about how people who were scheduled for heart bypass surgery were able to come off the surgery list after alternative treatments were tried using Serrapeptase and the previously existing blockages had literally been dissolved away.