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Zinc Deficiency

Zinc Deficiency

Although your body contains and needs only a small amount of zinc, that amount is responsible for many vital biochemical functions. Unfortunately, many of us are zinc deficient because our foods are refined and also because our soils no longer contain ... more

What Is Zinc?

What Is Zinc?

What Is Zinc? Zinc is a familiar, bluish-gray metal, in widespread use in industry and in medicine. It serves as a coating for iron; it galvanizes pipes; it is an ingredient in household burn and baby ointments; and it helps speed healing of the eyes w... more

What Is Sodium?

What Is Sodium?

What Is Sodium? Sodium is a metallic element that occurs in nature only in the combined state, i.e., as sodium chloride— salt. Salt is a universal taste, one of the four that your tongue’s taste buds recognize instantly. Salt is necessary to the me... more

Signs of Selenium Deficiency and Excess

Signs of Selenium Deficiency and Excess

How do you know if you are getting too little— or too much— selenium? The signs of selenium deficiency are a lack of energy (the result of a shortage of coenzyme Q), development of degenerative disease (which can also be due to many other factors),... more