Zinc is an essential mineral that is needed to support our immune system to maintain an optimal function, it is commonly found in our diet from some food sources such as oysters, meat, legumes, nuts and whole grains. It is also found in some cold remedies and is popular within food supplements industry as mentioned in a previous news post.
One important form of zinc is zinc carnosine, as it promotes potential benefits for individuals in need of intestinal repair. Mahood et al (2007) conducted research based on this food supplement and its effect on intestinal injury and repair and their findings suggested that when using 50mg of zinc carnosine was consumed daily, gastric and small intestinal injury was reduced by 50-75%. This supports the claim that zinc-carnosine helps to promote optimal intestinal health. The process that this may occur is that zinc-carnosine stimulates migration and proliferation of the cells in the intestinal wall.