Besides its overall effect on the body, this trace element is crucial for collagen and keratin synthesis. It has healing qualities and promotes a healthy coat. Zinc deficiencies most often occur in foods of poor quality, rich in bran and minerals, which prevent the normal absorption of zinc from the gut.
Zinc is a minor mineral, a transition element, qualified in nutrition as a trace element due to its low quantitative importance, although it is vital for the body. Nordic breeds of dog sometimes have problems assimilating zinc.
Zinc is the co-enzyme in a great many metabolic systems. It is essential to the transport of vitamin A in the blood and plays an important role in reproduction. It is also a fundamental element for the integrity of the skin and so also the quality of the hair. Furthermore, zinc helps the elimination of lactates produced during short, intense muscle effort.
The concentration of Zinc in plants varies depending on soil concentrations. Plants that contain the most Zinc include wheat, seeds (sesame, poppy), alfalfa, celery and mustard. Zinc is also found in beans, nuts, wholegrains, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and blackcurrant.