VitaMedica’s OptiZinc® is a unique form of chelated zinc with superior absorption and retention.
Research studies show that OptiZinc® is better absorbed than other forms of zinc and retained longer in tissue. This may help to increase its health-promoting benefits as these benefits are highly dependent upon on the amount of zinc that is absorbed and utilized by the body.
Zinc is involved in over 100 enzymes that play a role in normal growth and development, wound healing, and skin integrity. Zinc is known to be critical to proper immune system function.†
Formulated with chelated copper to help maintain mineral balance.†
OptiZinc® is part of our Immune Support product line. These supplements are designed to support healthy immune system function.† To learn more, visit the Immune Support Products page.
Nutrition & Ingredients
Other Ingredients: Rice Flour, Hypromellose (cellulose capsule) and Stearic Acid (vegetable source).
How to Use
Directions: As a dietary supplement, take one capsule a day. Each individual is unique and nutritional requirements may vary.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark place.
Caution: Do not take if safety seal on bottle is broken. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. For adults only. If you are diabetic, pregnant or breastfeeding, seek advice of your physician before using this product.
Not manufactured with wheat, milk, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP-certified facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
1. What is zinc?
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is involved in numerous enzyme and body functions. Zinc is stored primarily in muscle and is found in high concentrations in bone, skin, kidney, liver, pancreas, retina and prostate.
2. What role does zinc play in health?
Zinc is necessary for proper immune system function. The body requires zinc to develop and activate cells that are involved in immunity.
Zinc is also important to wound healing as this mineral is necessary for protein synthesis and cell growth.
Zinc is important for normal skin function by maintaining the integrity of skin and mucosal membranes. For this reason, zinc is beneficial for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne. Research suggests that people with acne have lower blood and skin levels of zinc.
Several studies have demonstrated the zinc possesses anti-viral activity. A 2011 review of a number of studies concluded that zinc reduces the severity and duration of cold symptoms by inhibiting the virus that causes colds to replicate.
Zinc is essential for maintenance of vision and is present in high concentrations in the eye. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), sponsored by the government’s National Eye Institute, demonstrated that zinc supplementation plus other antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene), significantly reduced the risk of developing the Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Zinc is important to male sexual function. Zinc has the highest concentrations in the prostate and is involved in healthy prostate function. A zinc deficiency may be a contributing factor to prostate enlargement and male infertility.
3. OptiZinc® is a chelated Zinc. What does that mean?
Chelation is a process that attaches an amino acid to a mineral to help it pass easier into your intestines for absorption. OptiZinc (or L-OptiZinc) pairs zinc with the amino acid L-methionine.
4. Why does the formulation include copper?
High doses of zinc can inhibit copper absorption, leading to copper deficiency. A target ratio of 10:1 between zinc and copper in the diet or through supplements should be maintained. OptiZinc® is formulated with 30 mg of zinc and 0.30 mcg of copper, or a 10:1 ratio.
5. What are good food sources of zinc?
Oysters have the highest concentration of zinc; just six medium oysters contain 76.7 mg of this mineral or over 500% of Daily Values. Red meats especially beef, lamb and liver have some of the highest concentrations of zinc in food. Provided the soil has zinc, plants that contain the most zinc include whole grains, legumes (beans, lima beans), nuts (almonds) and various seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy, alfalfa, celery, mustard).
6. Should I take a zinc supplement?
You should take a zinc supplement if you are deficient in this mineral. People who have digestive disorders or had gastrointestinal surgery cannot absorb zinc as easily. Vegetarians may not get enough zinc through their diet because zinc in plant foods is less bioavailable (zinc binds to phytic acid – a type of fiber – inhibiting its absorption). Pregnant and breastfeeding women may need extra zinc for the growth and development of their baby; however, most prenatal supplements contain this mineral. People with conditions like diabetes may benefit from zinc and you should ask your doctor about taking a zinc supplement.
7. Do any medications interfere with zinc supplementation?
Zinc has the potential to interact with several medications. Certain antibiotics (Cipro, Achromycin, Sumycin) interact with zinc and inhibit the absorption of zinc and the antibiotic. Zinc can reduce the absorption and action of a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (penicillamine). Thiazide diuretics increase zinc excretion and may cause a zinc deficiency.
8. What role does copper play in health?
Copper is an essential trace mineral that is the third most abundant mineral in the body (after iron and zinc). Copper is found in skeletal muscle and skin but the highest concentrations are found in the brain and liver.
Several enzymes require copper making this mineral important for a number of enzymatic reactions. Copper is required in superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that eliminates a type of free-radical called superoxide.
Another copper dependent enzyme called lysyl oxidase ensures the proper crosslinking of collagen and elastin. While these two proteins are associated with skin health, they provide structural support to bone and connective tissue throughout the body.
The enzyme tyrosinase which requires copper is involved in melanin formation, the pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes color.
Other enzymes that copper is involved in play a role in the formation of red blood cells, the absorption and utilization of iron, energy production, and normal functioning of muscles, the nervous system and immune system.
9. What are good food sources of copper?
Copper is found in a wide range of foods. Excellent sources include oysters and other shellfish, liver and legumes. Good sources include green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts, vegetables, mushrooms, some fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
The leaching of copper from copper water pipes makes drinking water a source of this mineral. Cooking in copper cookware can increase the copper content of foods. Long-term cooking and the processing of whole grains substantially decrease the copper content of foods. It is believed that the lower copper content of many whole grains and vegetables is due to the depletion of copper from soil.
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