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Zinc for Skin and Eye Health

Zinc for Skin and Eye Health


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The eye is the window to your... Zinc levels? Did you know Zinc plays an important role in skin and eye function?

Zinc may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about having 20/20 vision and beautiful skin. But this “trace mineral” (so-called because you need only a very small amount each day) is found in every single cell in your body, and more than 100 different enzymes need it to function. 

Though not technically an antioxidant (like vitamins C and E, for example), zinc is a key part of your skin’s dietary defence squad. The mineral lessens the formation of damaging free radicals and protects skin’s lipids (fats) and fibroblasts—the cells that make collagen, your skin’s support structure—when skin is exposed to UV light, pollution and other skin-agers.

Zinc also plays a vital role in bringing vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

One study¹ suggests that zinc supplements may slow the early development of impaired vision, such as poor night vision and cataracts in older adults.

If you are vegan or vegetarian we highly recommend a daily supplement that includes zinc to ensure your eye and skin health is strong for years to come.²

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¹https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/diet-and-nutrition/zinc⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

²https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6755784

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