Zinc is an essential metal trace element that regulates cardiovascular function. When it comes to blood pressure, too much or too little zinc can affect the body’s ability to maintain natural numbers. To learn more about this issue, check the article below.
Zinc and blood pressure
Zinc is an essential metal. It is the most common mineral in the body, only after iron. It can be found in every cell. Zinc is obtained from the foods that you eat.
Too little zinc in the body, or zinc deficiency, can alter the taste of salt. If you have zinc deficiency when you are young, you may develop cardiovascular disease in the future.
Too much zinc in the body can cause problems to the cardiovascular system, too. Excessive zinc can increase oxidative stress, leading to the increase of blood pressure.
Zinc can interact with other minerals. For example, high doses of zinc intake can lower the levels of copper in your body. Copper deficiency can make heart and blood vessels more prone to diseases. Imbalances between zinc and copper can contribute to high blood pressure.
Zinc can also be used for diabetes, asthma, night blindness, acne, eczema, severe head disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, or sickle cell disease.
Interactions with other blood pressure medications
Zinc can interact with ACE inhibitors, a class of medications used to treat high blood pressure. Taking ACE inhibitors may decrease levels of zinc in your body. ACE inhibitors include benazepril (lotensin), enalapril (vasotec), moexipril (univasc), quinapril (accupril).
Zinc can interact with thiazide diuretics, or water pills. Taking these medications cause your body to lose zinc through urine. This can lower the levels of zinc in your body. If you take thiazide diuretics, your doctor will check the levels of minerals in your body regularly to make sure they are at safe levels.
Possible side effects
Zinc is generally safe if you take it by mouth at found-in-food levels. The recommended intake of zinc is from 8 to 11 milligrams per day for adults and 2 to 9 milligrams per day for infants and children.
If your doctor recommends higher levels, it is okay.
Possible side effects of zinc can cause anorexia, blood disorders, asthma-related symptoms, changes in thyroid function, changes in cholesterol levels, constipation, changes in copper metabolism, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, dry nose, drowsiness, headache, hormone changes, kidney inflammation, loss of taste, stomach problems, increased risk of cancer, vomiting, fatigue.
Zinc can cause bleeding. This can be dangerous for people with blood clotting disorders. Zinc can lower blood sugar levels.
The levels of zinc in your body can affect your blood pressure. Too little or too much zinc can lead to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, it is important to keep the levels at normal targets.
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Review Date: June 13, 2017 | Last Modified: June 13, 2017
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