What is Zinc Ascorbate?
Zinc ascorbate is a chelated compound of a zinc ion bonded to vitamin C, ultimately forming a zinc salt of
ascorbic acid. Zinc is an essential mineral and cofactor for over 300 enzymes. It acts as an antioxidant,
helps regulate gene expression, and is essential for a healthy immune system. Zinc plays numerous biological
roles throughout the body, but it concentrates most heavily in the bones, muscles, brain, liver, kidney, and
parts of the eye.
Zinc Ascorbate vs. Zinc and Vitamin C
It’s not possible to achieve the same effects of zinc ascorbate by taking zinc and vitamin C together. Zinc
is not soluble in fat and can’t cross fat-based cell membranes without a carrier. Ascorbate is an ionophore
than binds to chelated zinc ions to facilitate this process and improve zinc absorption. Vitamin C can’t act
as a carrier for unchelated zinc or exert ionophore activities. As a result, zinc ascorbate is a
substantially more potent antioxidant.
Potential Zinc Benefits
Zinc is essential for life, but deficiencies are incredibly common. More than 2 billion people around the
world have a zinc deficiency, and a quarter of the earth’s population is at risk of developing one.
Compounding the problem, nearly a third of all individuals don’t consume enough zinc from dietary sources.
Oysters are rich in zinc, as are poultry and red meats. Vegans and vegetarians can obtain zinc by eating
whole grains, nuts, and beans. Taking zinc supplements helps fill the nutritional gaps in individuals’ diets
and may provide several benefits.
Zinc for Immune System Health
Zinc ascorbate is a potent antioxidant that acts similarly to superoxide dismutase (SOD). SOD enzymes help
break down superoxide free radicals into simple oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. Free radicals can damage cells
and even cause cell death when they outnumber antioxidants. Free radicals also cause cells to age
prematurely and can worsen or lead to many disease states. By acting as an antioxidant, zinc ascorbate can
reduce inflammation and support health at the cellular level. Most of the research regarding zinc and the
immune system relates to its effects on respiratory health. Numerous studies show that zinc supplements
reduce the duration of the common cold by up to 33% and diminish the severity of its symptoms.
Best Zinc Supplement
PureBulk carriers several forms of zinc, including:
Potential Zinc Benefits for Skin
Zinc ascorbate has antimicrobial properties that may improve acne symptoms. Acne development is a complex
process influenced by several environmental factors. However, there is a strong correlation between acne and
certain bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Zinc ascorbate
exerted antimicrobic effects against both bacteria. It also outperformed other combinations of zinc and
vitamin C derivatives. One study noted that zinc ascorbate synergizes with other dermatological approaches
for acne. Zinc may further improve acne symptoms by reducing acne inflammation.
Adequate zinc is essential for maintaining the skin’s barrier. However, individuals suffering from acne often
have reduced zinc concentrations. Lower zinc levels can also spur androgenic production leading to more
sebum production and oil accumulation on the skin. Androgens are also often the culprit behind hormonal
breakouts. Taking zinc supplements may help inhibit these processes for clearer skin.
Potential Zinc Side Effects
Most individuals tolerate zinc supplements well, as it’s an essential mineral for life. However, exceeding
the recommended upper limit can cause nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, or diarrhea. Too much zinc for
prolonged periods can also impede the absorption of copper. Zinc may interact with some antibiotics and
reduce their effectiveness when taken at the same time.
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