Zinc is a mineral that stimulates the activity of approximately 300 enzymes, which are substances that promote biochemical reactions in your body.131,132 These reactions are essential for the formation of superoxide dismutase, one of the body’s most important free radical scavengers. Zinc also promotes immune function,133-136 taste sensitivity,137-139 protein and DNA synthesis,131,140,141 insulin production,142,143 reproductive organ development and sperm motility.144-146 Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence.147-149 Age-related declines in immune function are associated with zinc deficiency, and the elderly represent a group that is vulnerable to mild zinc deficiency. Certain aspects of immune function in the elderly have been found to improve with zinc supplementation.133-135,137,150,151
Chromium plays an important role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels in those within normal levels when used as part of a healthy diet.123-125
Boron is an essential nutrient for optimal calcium metabolism and healthy bones and joints.34,53,58,61,168 Boron may affect human steroid hormone levels. Dietary boron intake may support a healthy prostate.169-173
Vanadyl sulfate is an effective form of the trace mineral vanadium. Research indicates vanadyl sulfate may improve tissue sensitivity and promote already healthy glucose metabolism for those within normal range.174-178
Individuals consuming over 50 mg of zinc daily and/or a high level of fructose are advised to supplement their diet with 2 mg copper several times per week.179-183 Copper is required by the body to convert iron into hemoglobin184 and is an essential constituent of many important body enzymes including a form of superoxide dismutase, a major cellular antioxidant.185
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