Zinc has been called the "healing" mineral. It has been found
that it supports the healing process. It is therefore recommended that the pre- and
post-operative patient should insure an adequate intake of zinc. Zinc is helpful for the
respiratory systems and stress in which the body must call on its healing capacity. Zinc
has been a chief component of many topical preparations for burns, diaper rash, and other
abrasive conditions. Zinc deficiency can be manifested as growth retardation and sexual
underdevelopment. Biochemically, Zinc is involved in DNA biosynthesis and is thought to be
the activator of collagen synthetase, an enzyme which is necessary for collagen
biosynthesis and hence tissue repair.
Zinc is essential for many body processes including protein synthesis and amino acid
metabolism. It has a role in the immune system
function.Sweating can cause a loss of up to 3 milligrams a day. Men typically need
more zinc than women.