Zinc Citrate is an essential trace element and micronutrient vital to nearly every aspect of one’s health. Zinc is not produced by the body, so it’s essential we get this from food and/or supplements. As one of the three minerals that have a sedative effect on the nervous system (Calcium and Magnesium are the others) and is thought to have a calming and anti-depressant effect and aid in mental recovery post-stress, i.e. a long day of work or running around, or emotional or cognitive stress. It assists the body in metabolizing Melatonin, a hormone responsible for one’s circadian rhythm and key for relaxation and healthy sleep. Melatonin may help with sleep onset, but it is Magnesium and Zinc that have a positive effect on the restorative value of sleep, and helping your body wind down for it. As it is involved in the production of at least 300 enzymes, it also helps in hundreds of body processes, including producing DNA to repairing cells outside of and during sleep (the time where your brain does the most repair and restoration). Zinc plays an essential role in neurotransmitter function, helping to maintain healthy cognitive function.
It also helps support the immune system and also promotes growth and development by enabling the body to create proteins and DNA. It also has antioxidant properties and plays a role in cell division which helps to reduce oxidative stress. It may also assist in learning and memory.