Zinc and skin
One of the important elements for the skin is also Zinc. As many food or better vitamins it is possible to find Zinc as in food as in skin care products.
Why is Zinc essential for the skin?
If we consume food rich in zinc our skin will heal faster, wounds will disappear faster and it also helpful for acne treatment. It helps to faster closing the wounds by drying the wounds and acts as an anti – inflammatory agent.
With Zinc we also heal skin conditions like dermatitis and acne. Dermatitis is an itchy skin condition that can give a burning or stinging sensation. A proper absorption of Zinc can help to solve this skin condition.
Zinc is good for the skin because it helps to regulate the excessive oil in the skin. As we know excessive oil is the main reason for acne, pimples etc. With zinc we help to reduce hormonal effects, inflammatory skin conditions that acne cause and help to heal acne blemishes. Include zinc in oily skin diet.
Dandruff is another skin condition that can Zinc help to treat. For dandruff treatment we can use shampoo that have zinc included or take oral supplements of zinc.
We must not forget that zinc also helps to protect our skin from the sun and mosquito bites. It is a good insect repellent. Beside it helps to transport the vitamin A from liver to the skin.
Where we find zinc – or what food is rich of zinc?
A good and healthy diet should include about 15 to 20 mg of zinc daily. Main food that is rich in zinc is meat (beef and lamb) and dairy products (milk, cheese etc.). People who don’t eat animal products will find zinc also in oatmeal, brown rice, nuts, seeds and bran products.
Today is also possible to find Zinc in dietary supplements. You can buy zinc tablets, zinc capsules etc.
Let’s have a look what food contains the biggest concentration of zinc. In 100mg of selected food you will get:
- Oysters – 25mg of zinc
- Shellfish – 20mg of zinc
- Brewers yeast – 17mg of zinc
- Wheat germ – 17mg of zinc
- Wheat bran – 16mg of zinc
- Low fat roast beef – 10mg of zinc
- Pine nuts – 6.5mg of zinc
- Pecans – 6.4mg of zinc
- Cashews – 5.7mg of zinc
- Roasted pumpkin seeds – 10mg of zinc
- Veal liver – 12mg of zinc
- Lamb – from 4.2 to 8.7mg of zinc