Safeguard Your Intake Of Zinc With Our Best Supplements
By Lucy Gornall, Health Journalist of the Year (HFMA) and personal trainer specialising in pre and post-natal fitness
Ensuring you get enough zinc is important for a number of reasons, from supporting the normal function of the immune system through to contributing to normal vision.
In the UK, the amount of zinc recommended by The Department of Health and Social Care varies among men and women. Men aged 19 to 64 years old are advised to get 9.5 milligrams (mg) of zinc a day whilst women are advised to get 7mg a day.
However, some experts believe that there are times when higher levels of zinc are beneficial.
Whilst there are several dietary sources of zinc, primarily shellfish and red meat, taking a supplement can help safeguard your intake. Below, we share the importance of zinc and our best Vitabiotics zinc supplements.
What Does Zinc Do?
Zinc is an essential trace element, and it plays a role in over 200 enzymes within the human body. This includes processing carbohydrate, fat and protein in food as well as playing an important role in the contribution to the normal functioning of the immune system.
Zinc also has a role in the process of cell division, as well as contributing to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
Another crucial role that zinc plays is its contribution to the maintenance of normal vision and cognitive function, as well as its contribution to the maintenance of normal skin, hair, nails and bones.
Zinc also contributes to normal fertility and reproduction. Male semen contains 100 times more zinc than in blood. Zinc helps protect cells from oxidative stress, which is an important consideration for healthy sperm production in males, as sperm can be damaged by free radicals. Free radicals are produced in excess when we are exposed to excessive cigarette smoke, sunlight, pollution and other factors in our day to day living.
Zinc also contributes to the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood.
Our Best Zinc Supplements
A supplement containing zinc can help safeguard your intake. Vitabiotics Ultra Zinc contains 15mg of zinc, as well as 100μg of copper. Both zinc and copper contribute to the normal function of the immune system. Zinc also helps support normal skin, hair, nails and vision.
Perfectil Original contains 20 micronutrients including biotin which contributes to normal skin and 15mg of zinc which contributes to normal hair and nails.
Zinc Supplements For Conception
Wellman Conception offers comprehensive support for men’s sexual health and fertility. It includes 15mg of zinc, contributing to normal fertility and reproduction and the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood. Wellman Conception also provides vitamin B12, vitamin D and 400µg of folic acid (Vitamin B9) as well as selenium, Ginseng, Co-Q10, Inositol and Peruvian Maca. Ideally, a Wellman Conception tablet should be taken daily, three months before trying to conceive.
Pregnacare Conception also contains 15mg of zinc which contributes to normal fertility and reproduction. It also includes 400µg of folic acid, which is recommended by the Department of Health for women who are trying to conceive. Supplemental folic acid intake increases maternal folate status. Low maternal folate status is a risk factor in the development of neural tube defects in the developing foetus. As well as these nutrients, Pregnacare Conception provides vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and 20µg of vitamin D3. These all have a role in the process of cell division.
Pregnacare Him and Her Conception is a specialist dual-pack for both men and women trying to conceive; it contains Wellman Conception tablets for him as well as Pregnacare Conception tablets for her. It is recommended these are both taken for three months before trying for a baby.
Zinc Supplements For Immune Support
Immunace Original supports your immune system with targeted nutrients, including 15mg of zinc. It also provides vitamin D and selenium, both of which contribute to the normal function of the immune system. Immunace Original also provides folate which contributes to normal blood formation.
Immunace Extra Protection is optimised to help maintain immune function . It provides 28 nutrients including 15mg of zinc, and selenium, plus additional Vitamin D3 (25µg), Lycopene extract and Resveratrol.
Zinc Supplements For Vision Support
Visionace Original is a comprehensive multivitamin offering all-round support for your health and vision. It contains 15mg of zinc as well as all the other nutrients such as vitamin A and vitamin B2 which also contribute to the maintenance of normal vision.
Added to this, Visionace Original includes vitamin B3, which contributes to the maintenance of normal mucous membranes. This is ideal for contact lens wearers or those working long hours at a computer screen.
Visionace Plus provides all the nutrients found in Visionace Original as well as an added Omega-3 capsule, which contains 300mg of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and 12mg of Lutein Esters. DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal vision. (The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg of DHA).
Visionace Max offers the maximum nutritional support in our vision range and is a 3-in-1 source of essential nutrients and important Omega-3 DHA fatty acids. It contains the nutrients found in Visionace Original, including 15mg of zinc, as well as an extra tablet containing DHA and extra levels of Zeaxanthin and Lutein Esters, a dominant pigment in the retina of the eye.
Zinc Supplements For Bone Health
Osteocare Original by the UK’s No.1 calcium supplement brand provides 100% of the Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) of zinc, calcium and selenium.
Per 2 tablets, Osteocare Original contains 10mg of zinc, which contributes to the maintenance of normal bones. It also contains magnesium and 25µg of vitamin D3.
This Original formula is also available in a chewable tablet for those who have difficulty with swallowing tablets, as well as a liquid formula which is suitable for children and teens. A daily intake of 10ml of Osteocare Original Liquid, provides 6mg of zinc.
Osteocare Fizz is an effervescent tablet which contains 5mg of zinc.
This orange flavoured drink also contains magnesium, calcium and vitamin D, which all contribute to the maintenance of normal bones. Osteocare Fizz also provides vitamin C.
Osteocare Plus offers advanced support. As well as the original Osteocare formula, which contains on average 10mg of zinc, Osteocare Plus also contains added Soy Isoflavones and Omega-3 capsules. It also includes 35µg of vitamin D3.
Osteocare Glucosamine and Chondroitin provides 15mg of zinc. This comprehensive formula also contains magnesium, vitamin D and calcium, as well as copper which contributes to the maintenance of normal connective tissues, plus Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Ginger Root extract.
Finally, Wellkid Calcium Liquid, made for children aged 4 to 12 years old, comes in a delicious orange flavour and provides 3mg of zinc per 10ml. It also contains calcium and vitamin D, needed for the normal growth and development of bone in children.