Zinc plays a very important role in the health of the whole body and this mineral should not be underestimated. Zinc deficiency occurs easily and can lead to widespread health problems that cannot be attributed to zinc deficiency at first. In this article, I will help you understand what zinc is and why we need it. All this through my knowledge and perspective.


First of all, you need to know that our bodies do not produce zinc, i.e. we need to get it from food or food supplements if the menu is low in zinc. La Tene boutiques sell 100% plant-based zinc, which helps in case of zinc deficiency or replaces this necessary mineral in a zinc-poor food table. You can find this product HERE.


Zinc is an essential nutrient that the body cannot store in itself, i.e. your body uses up the necessary amount of zinc and the rest is removed from the body. In the case of zinc deficiency, the body has nowhere to get zinc and this, in turn, breaks down our body. The important information you could know about zinc is that we need this mineral all the time! And that's why you need to make sure you get zinc constantly.


Why is zinc needed and what is its role in our body?


Our body uses zinc in a multifunctional way, so this substance is needed by your whole body, not just a certain organ. Zinc is found in every cell in the human body, so it is needed for the whole body.


Zinc helps to stimulate metabolism by improving our whole body's metabolism, nervous system, skin renewal, eyesight and heals our overall mental body.


Zinc deficiency can lead to poor metabolism, premature ageing of the skin or mild scarring, blurred vision and even blood disorders. Zinc is the second most important nutrient besides iron, which we should get from food on a daily basis or as a food supplement. I also recommend consuming iron from 100% of the plant's source, as it does not irritate the stomach or slow down the metabolism. You can find 100% plant-based iron in the La Tene selection HERE.


Zinc makes your immune system strong and durable. Continuous consumption of zinc helps to reduce the incidence of infections. It also helps protect against food poisoning and many other common problems. If you feel that you are constantly getting sick and catching all kinds of infections, it may be due to a lack of zinc. Consumption of zinc during, for example, cough, runny nose or flu can speed the healing.


Zinc helps the body's cells to grow and regenerate, it helps to restore control everywhere in your body where there is a problem. For example, if you accidentally cut a finger with a knife while cooking, zinc is what helps the wound to heal.


Zinc helps you to ensure that you can smell and taste. If these perceptions disappear or become worse, this may be a sign of a long-term zinc deficiency. People in Europe and America are most at risk of zinc deficiency, for a very specific reason - they eat a lot of refined or processed food, fast food, products made from white wheat, not whole grains, and little vegetable. All this contributes to zinc deficiency.


Zinc helps the skin to regenerate, heal and produce collagen.  Collagen helps the skin stay youthful and is produced by our body independently. However, to produce collagen, it is necessary to consume water regularly during the day, and zinc and vitamin C are also important. You can find the cherry-based vitamin C in the La Tene selection HERE.


Collagen deficiency causes premature ageing of the skin and the rapid appearance of wrinkles. By consuming zinc, your skin can look much younger.


Zinc is also good for the skin because it protects against acne. For acne-prone skin, zinc can be the substance that the body lacks. If you eat zinc-rich foods or food supplements, you may see a reduction in acne.


Summary - why consume zinc?


* For whole-body health

* For a strong immune system

* To maintain the youthfulness of the skin

* To treat acne

* To reduce the signs of premature ageing

* To improve eyesight

* To reduce stress


How do I know if I have a zinc deficiency?


There are certain symptoms that indicate a lack of zinc, I will write down the most recognizable. However, it is a mineral that you need on a daily basis, and even if you do not have symptoms of zinc deficiency, it may be too little on your menu. Be sure to consult your doctor to find out.


* Problematic skin

* Premature signs of ageing

* Hair loss

* Poor eyesight

* Weak sense of taste and smell

* Persistent diarrhoea

* Poor immunity

* Slow wound healing


Bring zinc-rich plants to your table!


Zinc is widely available in both plant and animal products. My personal recommendation is to consume as many zinc-containing plants as possible, as the most zinc-rich products are also plant-based. Since it is widely available, the question arises as to why there is a shortage of zinc and is it such a big problem?


In fact, it is, and many people live in zinc deficiency. Firstly, zinc gets into plants through fertile land, but today the nutritional value of land is many times worse than it was perhaps a hundred and more years ago. Zinc is better obtained from plant foods or a direct source of zinc than through meat. Be sure to avoid synthetic zinc and when consuming zinc as a dietary supplement, always make sure it is a plant-based dietary supplement. Cytoplan Zinc in La Tene selection is 100% plant-based and therefore reacts in the body in the same way as if you were eating a zinc-rich plant. I recommend taking the zinc capsule with food.


But what kind of food can I get zinc from?


The best zinc sources are very tasty herbs that are very easy to add to your menu:


* Cashew nuts

* Pumpkin seeds

* Sunflower seeds

* Asparagus

* Spinach

* 100% cocoa

* Almonds

* Cabbages

* Walnuts

* Chickpeas

* Beans

* Lentils


There are more zinc-rich plants, I wrote here the plants with the highest zinc content, which you can add to your menu. By consuming them all regularly, you can ensure a constant amount of zinc in your body, which will prevent health problems. However, I would like to remind you that this is a nutrient that is not stored in the body. Therefore, if you eat one of these plants a few times a week, you will not provide the amount of zinc your body needs. You need to critically review your menu, and if you see that there are too few of these plants, add zinc to your menu as a dietary supplement. 


It is difficult to cause an overdose of zinc if you consume this food supplement according to the prescribed amount (see the jar!). Abundance is rare and symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, or other sudden changes in the gut.


You can find Cytoplan Zinc in our web-store HERE or come and see it in our boutiques.


Use of the advice, recommendations and information set out in this article is at your own risk. The information provided is not health advice, but Tene Laul's own experience, knowledge, personal opinion and recommendations. The use of zinc is the responsibility of each individual. If necessary, consult a doctor before use.