Understanding zinc: recent observations and interpretations.

  title={Understanding zinc: recent observations and interpretations.},
  author={Harold H. Sandstead},
  journal={The Journal of laboratory and clinical medicine},
  volume={124 3},
Zinc plays a key role in genetic expression, cell division, and growth and is essential for function of more than 200 enzymes. Effects of deficiency include stunting, anergy, dermatitis, poor healing, teratology, and neuropsychologic impairments. Risk of deficiency is related to level of anabolism and food choice. Bioavailability is greater from flesh foods than foods of plant origin. Pharmacologic intakes of zinc lower copper retention and impair copper-dependent processes. Pharmacologic… CONTINUE READING
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