Before you run out to buy a zinc supplement please read my whole post because I would much rather you eat foods with zinc because this will ensure you get a plethora of other nutrients including: antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. No supplement can mimic nature and this why food is so very beautifying!
Zinc is a requirement for skin beauty, cell growth, fertility, night vision and for improving your taste and smell. In fact, this is a very common deficiency sign -- loss of taste and smell (2 of life's most simplest pleasures). As well, it does ALL this:
Promotes cell division, cell repair and cell growth = skin health
Production of T-lymphocyte white blood cells (immune health)
Aids the lymphatic organs and liver eliminate waste = skin glow
Present in insulin and helps to balance blood sugar = prevents premature aging and "caramelizing of the skin"
It works in combo with vitamin A and sulfur to build strong healthy hair too! It is absolutely essential for beautiful skin because it is a key member of a group of enzymes that help the body maintain it's collagen supply (collagen prevents wrinkly sagging skin - those pesky signs of aging). Zinc is important for hormonal balance and a zinc deficiency can be a root cause of acne.
Best Plant Sources of Zinc (must be eaten raw)
Seaweeds (Irish moss, kelp, nori)
Zinc supplements may produce toxic symptoms if taken long-term at a high dosage. But guess what? You can't overdose on good food!
How to add these foods into your diet?
Sprinkle on your morning granola
Eat a handful of seeds with some dried organic apricots
Sprinkle on a salad
Top off your pasta with some spinach
Beautiful skin is truly a reflection of what is going on inside the body. Create beauty from the inside out and not only will you look fabulous, but you will feel joyous too!