Learn your ABCs… or nutrition: More on Minerals– The benefits of ZINC!
Like Magnesium, ZINC is connected to over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Our immune system is well supported by sufficient zinc and when levels are low it can affect our ability to taste and smell. Vitamin A synergizes with Zinc to help with vision. This is another great example of how vitamins and minerals work together. We also know through research that low levels of zinc impact male reproductive capacity. There is a wide variety of food sources of zinc including oysters, pumpkin seeds and shitake mushrooms. Asparagus and spinach are good veggie sources. Other than oysters, most foods have smaller amounts of zinc, so eating a variety is the best way to get sufficient amounts in your diet.
Simply Easy Tip:
Sesame and pumpkins seeds are both good plants sources of zinc. Throw a handful of pumpkin seeds in your salad or sprinkle sesame seeds in brown rice or steamed veggies.
If you feel run down or know you don’t eat sufficient food sources of zinc, this is an easy option for you. Zinc performs a vital role in supporting the body’s defense system, and is also related to the normal absorption and actions of most B vitamins. It is essential for over two dozen enzymes involved in digestion and metabolism. Stress can deplete Zinc causing immune deficiencies and impairing wound healing abilities. This mineral also is essential for prostate health and sexual reproductive health. Zinc picolinate is a highly absorbable form of this mineral, which is essential for a wide range of physiological functions, including support of the body’s defense system.
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Simply Delicious: Sesame Seasoned Spinach
¼ cup water
1 pound baby spinach
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (see Tip)
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 small clove garlic, minced
Place water in a very large pot or Dutch oven and bring to a boil over high heat. Add spinach and cook, stirring frequently, until completely wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a colander and let stand until cool enough to handle. Squeeze out excess water.
Coarsely chop the spinach. Place in a bowl and mix in sesame seeds, soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic. Serve at room temperature.
Kitchen Tip: To toast nuts and seeds, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.