Zinc deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in modern diets.
High blood sugar is one of the most common health problems we face today.
Could we address both problems with a single supplement?
This is what this piece of research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition aimed to answer.
This study discovered that providing supplements to people suffering from diabetes (high blood sugar) resulted in a significant improvement in blood sugar measurements across the board.
The subjects who took zinc supplements saw a clear improvement in fasting blood glucose, post-prandial glucose (after a meal), fasting insulin, insulin resistance, and HbA1C.
In addition, the subjects who took zinc supplements saw an improvement in hsCRP, a marker of inflammation often associated with increased risk of heart disease (hsCRP is elevated in diabetics because high blood sugar causes inflammation and is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease).
I take 100mcg of Zinc per day, which I would recommend to people who are extremely physical active (those who train 10+ hours a week).
Otherwise I would recommend 50mcg a day.
Foods rich in Zinc include: oysters, high quality meat, legumes, eggs.
Of course Zinc has numerous other health benefits, especially for hormonal support and immune system.
You can read the study here.