Zinc Aspartate is an important naturally occurring bioavailable delivery form of the immune boosting vital micro-mineral zinc. The aspartate moiety is an important ingredient of the citric acid cycle. As the citric acid cycle is the center for energy production within the cell, aspartic acid must be present in every cell of the body. It is therefore not something foreign to the body. Also zinc plays vital roles in several physiological and biochemical metabolic pathways.

Thus both the ingredients of zinc aspartate are naturally present in the body. Any deficiency will lead to serious disturbances in the normal functioning of the system. This makes zinc supplementation very important. Zinc aspartate caters to this "optimal" nutritional requirement.

Structure

Requirements

The Food and Nutrition Board of the Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences has recommended the following Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for zinc.

Age (years) RDA (milligrams/day)
0 – 1 05
1 – 10 10
Males 11 – 51+ 15
Females 11 – 51+ 12
Pregnant 15
Lactating
First 6 months 19
Second 6 months 16

Significance of zinc in human nutrition

Zinc is a component of the enzymes involved in most major metabolic pathways, and as such, is essential for human life. Large amounts of Zinc are deposited in bone and muscle, but unfortunately, these stores of Zinc are not easily available to the rest of the body. The human body’s pool of accessible Zinc is small and susceptible to rapid turnover----- deficiency signs appear quickly. Zinc deficiency has an immediate effect on cell growth and repair since it participates in over 80 enzymes and hormone functions, including many involved in gene expression.

Zinc is essential for development and proper functioning of the reproductive organs and normal functioning of the prostate gland.

Zinc plays a central role in cell-mediated immune function and also is supposed to play significant roles in HIV patients.

Recent research indicates that it may help fight the common cold and other infections; it may also be useful in treating fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Zinc is essential in human and animal nutrition with a wide range of biological roles. Zinc plays catalytic, structural and regulatory roles in more than 200 zinc metalloenzymes that have been identified in biological systems. These enzymes are involved in nucleic acid and protein metabolism and the production of energy among other things. Zinc plays structural roles in so called Zinc fingers. Zinc fingers are exploited by transcription factors for interacting with DNA and regulating the activity of genes. Another structural role of zinc is in the maintenance of the integrity of biological membranes resulting in their protection against oxidative injury, among other things.

Zinc is involved in well over one hundred metabolic process and body functions, which include the following:

Normal growth and development: Zinc plays important roles in bone growth and mineralization and the development of reproductive organs.

Maintaining healthy skin and bones: Zinc deficiency is linked to various skin disorders, including eczema, acne, and excessive flaking similar to what occurs in psoriasis. Hair becomes dull and lifeless looking.

Metabolic processes: Zinc is a component of various enzyme systems, and it is essential for the synthesis and metabolism of proteins and genetic material. The red blood cells also need zinc for the proper transfer of carbon dioxide.

Healing and immune function: Zinc promotes the healing of burns common infections.

Taste and smell: Zinc’s role in these senses enables a person to distinguish the taste of different foods.

Physiologically, zinc is vital for growth and development, sexual maturation and reproduction, dark vision adaptation, olfactory and gustatory activity, insulin storage and release and for a variety of host immune defenses, among other things.

Zinc may have immunomodulatory activity. It may also have antioxidant activity. Zinc has putative antiviral, fertility- enhancing and retinoprotective activities.

Zinc is essential for proper formation and maturation of spermatozoa. There is some evidence that zinc can promote and accelerate wound healing in some circumstances. Zinc is also very important to the newborn when breast milk may be its only sources of Zinc.

Nutritional role of aspartic acid

Aspartic acid is a metabolic intermediate in several biochemical pathways in the body, including the tricarboxylic acid and urea cycles.

Aspartic acid salts are believed to be mineral transporters to the metabolizing cells, aiding in the metabolic process by replenishing vital electrolytes thereby contributing to efficient energy production.

In addition, the aspartate moiety is reported to reduce oxygen consumption by the cells during the energy cycle.

Zinc aspartate is a totally reacted, nutritionally functional chelate with the added benefits of better absorption, greater tolerance, better retention and also safe bioavailable form of Zinc.

 


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