What is Zinc?
Zinc is an essential mineral that women require on a daily basis to stay healthy. Although zinc is needed in small amounts, a zinc deficiency can cause some serious and unpleasant side effects like hair loss, skin problems, frequent infections or poor wound healing.
Good sources of zinc include red meat, chicken, seafood, dairy products, legumes and nuts. And it’s also available as a dietary supplement. Women normally need 8 milligrams of zinc each day, 11 milligrams if they are pregnant, and 12 milligrams of zinc daily if they are breastfeeding.
So what are the benefits of zinc in general?
This mineral boosts immune function, improves digestion, it helps your body heal by interacting with blood platelets, and taking zinc supplements may help decrease bone loss in postmenopausal women.
Zinc is crucial to fully functioning taste perception, so if you start realizing you do not taste or smelling things as vividly as you used to, it may be because you have low zinc levels.
Zinc also prevents diabetes because Zinc can mimic insulin in the body therefore reduces excessive amount of insulin secretion by the pancreas.
Zinc plays a huge role in menstrual cramps as well, and the best results were obtained when zinc was administered for each menstrual cycle for 3–6 days before and during menstruation.
Whether you are looking to get pregnant or you are pregnant or not still, zinc deficiencies have been directly correlated with low birth weight and even preterm labor. Zinc is an extremely important nutrient for growth and development in a fetus.
If you’re having poor skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, melasma, dandruff and hair loss then it could be a zinc issue, so correct that instead of spending lots of money on creams.
What is Iron?
Iron is vital for our health. Women of ages between 12-50 needs more iron than men of the same age because of their low body stores of iron due to menstruation.
Why do we need iron?
Poor dietary iron intake can cause symptoms such as tiredness, irritability, headaches and decreased immune function. Iron deficiency anemia is a serious condition you should have that tested needs supplementing after consulting a doctor.
One of the main roles of iron is to help our red blood cells transport oxygen to all part of the body. This Reduces tiredness and fatigue, Supports good energy levels, Improves both mental and physical performance and Helps normal cognitive function.
Iron also assists with a healthy pregnancy. Blood volume and red blood cell production increase dramatically during pregnancy to supply the growing fetus with oxygen and nutrients. As a result, the demand for iron also increases. Consumption of iron during pregnancy is mandatory after visiting your antenatal care clinic.