Opti-Zinc™ 30 vegetarian capsules supply elemental zinc monomethionine, a chemically defined, patented organic compound which provides zinc and the amino acid methionine.
Zinc is a trace element your body uses in several major metabolic processes. It is essential to our health and can’t be produced by the body. Zinc is also present in our eyes and supports the maintenance of healthy vision. Generally‚ the amount of readily available zinc can be low in most individuals‚ so we need to be certain we’re providing appropriate levels for our health.
Douglas Labs’ Opti-Zinc 30 Vegetarian Capsules provide 30 mg of zinc bound to the amino acid methionine. Aside from its metabolic role‚ zinc also serves as a cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme known as superoxide dismutase (SOD). This enzyme may support cellular health by potentially reducing the effects of free radical damage.
Zinc may also work to stimulate immune functions and could potentially promote improvements to bodily defenses. Douglas Labs Opti-Zinc 30 Vegetarian Capsules are also designed to be conveniently bioavailable‚ which makes for easier absorption.
Zinc is a trace element which is essential for normal growth, development of the reproductive organs, normal functioning of the prostate gland, healing of wounds, and the manufacture of proteins and nucleic acids (the building blocks for RNA and DNA). It is also necessary for over 100 different enzyme systems in the body.
Zinc Lozenges, provided by Douglas Laboratories®, supply bioavailable zinc, sweetened with sorbitol and flavored with natural orange extracts. Each tablet contains 10 mg of elemental zinc in the form of zinc citrate.
Zinc is an essential trace element involved in most major metabolic pathways. General signs of human zinc deficiency indicate that zinc has important functions in maintaining immune function, reproduction, healthy skin, and growth. Numerous studies support the fundamental role of zinc in normal immune response in humans. Immune cells must be able to rapidly divide in order to respond to daily challenges. Like all rapidly dividing cells, immune cells depend on adequate amounts of dietary zinc. As a cofactor of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), zinc can be considered an antioxidant nutrient. Zinc supplementation has been shown to increase the antioxidant activity of SOD, and provide increased free radical protection. Zinc deficiency is associated with increased oxidative damage. Absorption of toxic heavy metals, especially cadmium and lead, is lower in individuals with high zinc status compared to those with low zinc status.
The body pool of readily available zinc appears to be small, which renders the body susceptible to deficiency and therefore dependent on a steady dietary supply of bioavailable zinc. While typical zinc intakes in U.S. adults are between 10 and 15 mg per day, which approach the RDA, intakes in the elderly are often low. Pregnant women are also at risk for zinc deficiency, since they have a higher requirement for this trace element. Frequently, vegetarians and chronically depressed individuals have been found to have low zinc status.