We need zinc to think
In biology, zinc (Zn), specifically the Zn2+ ion, is hugely important although people generally know very little about it. It exists in the same quantity as iron in the human body. Zn plays an important role in all our cells and affects growth, hormone action, the immune system, the brain and the development and progression of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
It is estimated that over one billion people are at risk, or are, Zn-deficient, commonly caused by reduced dietary intake. A Zn deficiency slows down wound healing and causes appetite loss, hair loss, fertility problems, and susceptibility to infection, to name a few. Infants who are Zn-deficient are at particular risk of infections and can have stunted growth.
“King’s has a place in the history of using Zinc in Medicine. In the 1970’s Guy’s Alumni, Dr E.J. Moynahan, discovered that the lives of patients suffering from the specific dermatitis disorder, Acrodermatitis enteropathica, can be saved by a life-long treatment with Zn supplementation.”