WHAT IS ZINC
El zinc It is a mineral that is involved in defenses, in the senses of taste and smell, wound healing and also has an important role in the formation of sperm and of ovules. It is therefore an essential mineral for our body.
The main functions of zinc are:
- It participates in the creation of DNA and RNA of proteins.
- It is involved in the formation of the essential elements for human reproduction such as spermatozoa in men and ovules in women.
- intervenes in the immune system (the defenses).
- Participates in the wound healing process.
- It participates in several enzymatic systems of the human organism.
- It is necessary for the proper functioning of smell and taste.
CHARACTERISTICS OF ZINC
Zinc is a chemical element found in group 12 of the periodic table and has the symbol "Zn." Some of the characteristics of zinc include:
- Color: Zinc is a shiny bluish-white metal.
- Hardness: It is relatively soft with a hardness of 2,5 on the Mohs scale.
- Melting Point: The melting point is approximately 419,5 °C.
- Conductivity: It is a moderate electrical conductor and a fairly good thermal conductor.
- Chemical reaction: Reacts with acids and oxidizing compounds. It is also capable of reacting with oxygen and water.
- Physical Properties: Malleable and ductile, which means it can be drawn into sheets and rolled into wire.
Among its most frequent uses we have a wide variety of applications, including the galvanization of steel to protect it against corrosion, the manufacture of batteries, the production of metal alloys, and the manufacture of rubber and plastic products. It is also used in dietary supplements to increase zinc levels in the human body.
FOODS CONTAINING ZINC
Foods rich in this mineral are oysters, meat, wheat germ, egg yolk, snails, legumes such as dried beans and lentils, cheeses and sardines.