Friday, June 7, 2013

Zinc

Zinc
I will be testing this on myself because almost everything i do is a self tested and will report results but my hunch is this is in the top 3 needed minerals,,,,, 1st is magnesium,salt 

IT  is an essential trace element, necessary for plants, animals, and microorganisms. Zinc is found in nearly 100 specific enzymes other sources say 300, serves as structural ions in transcription factors and is stored and transferred in metallothioneins. It is typically the second most abundant transition metal in organisms after iron and it is the only metal which appears in all enzyme classes.
In proteins, Zn ions are often coordinated to the amino acid side chains of aspartic acid, glutamic acid, cysteine and histidine. The theoretical and computational description of this zinc binding in proteins as well as that of other transition metals is difficult.152
There are 2-4 grams of zinc 153 distributed throughout the human body. Most zinc is in the brain, muscle, bones, kidney, and liver, with the highest concentrations in the prostate and parts of the eye. Semen is particularly rich in zinc, which is a key factor in prostate gland function and reproductive organ growth.
In humans, zinc plays ubiquitous biological roles. It interacts with a wide range of organic ligands, and has roles in the metabolism of RNA and DNA, signal transduction, and gene expression. It also regulates apoptosis. A 2006 study estimated that about 10% of human proteins 2800 potentially bind zinc, in addition to hundreds which transport and traffic zinc; a similar in silico study in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana found 2367 zinc-related proteins
In the brain, zinc is stored in specific synaptic vesicles by glutamatergic neurons and can modulate brain excitability. It plays a key role in synaptic plasticity and so in learning. However it has been called the brain's dark horse since it also can be a neurotoxin, suggesting zinc homeostasis plays a critical role in normal functioning of the brain and central nervous system.

The concentration of zinc in blood plasma stays relatively constant regardless of zinc intake.Cells in the salivary gland, prostate, immune system and intestine use zinc signaling as one way to communicate with other cells

Zinc serves a purely structural role in zinc fingers, twists and clusters.Zinc fingers form parts of some transcription factors, which are proteins that recognize DNA base sequences during the replication and transcription of DNA. Each of the nine or ten Zn2+ ions in a zinc finger helps maintain the finger's structure by coordinately binding to four amino acids in the transcription factor. The transcription factor wraps around the DNA helix and uses its fingers to accurately bind to the DNA sequence.

In fact 

Polyrachis Ant Extract

 has the highest amount of zinc in all known living organisms. Zinc is needed for strength as it is used in muscle contraction and for many sexual functions, as well as many other uses across the body.(1)


Another best sources is oysters