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Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc FAQs
Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc FAQs
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Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ FAQs

What is Zinc and why is it important?

A: Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in foods. The human body has approximately 2-3 grams of zinc which is found throughout the body but notably in the prostate, liver, eyes, bones and hair. It is an essential part of more than 200 enzymes involved in digestion, metabolism, reproduction (sperm formation), and wound healing. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly. Zinc plays an important role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence and is required for proper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system.Zinc is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter products sold as cold remedies.

2. Who may benefit from Zinc supplementation?

A: Although uncommon, zinc deficiencies have been linked to loss of appetite, poor growth, acne and unhealthy skin, mental lethargy, delayed wound healing, recurrent infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, macular degeneration and reproductive challenges. Certain groups of people are more likely than others to have trouble getting enough zinc, such as vegans and vegetarians because they do not eat meat, which is a good source of zinc; they typically eat high amounts of legumes and whole grains, which contain phytates that bind zinc and inhibit its absorption. As a result they may need as much as 50% more zinc than the recommended amounts. Also, people on vegetarian or vegan diets are often the most afflicted with zinc/copper imbalance. Others that can benefit from zinc supplementation are those looking to support their immune system, healthy skin and eyes, prostate health and wound healing.

3. What are dietary sources of Zinc?

A: Zinc is found in many foods. Oysters are the richest source however they are not typically consumed on a regular basis. Good food sources include beans, nuts, whole grains and dairy products. Phytates present in whole grains, cereals, legumes bind zinc and inhibit its absorption. The bioavailability of zinc from grains and plant foods is lower than that of animal foods. Animal sources such as meat and poultry tend to be absorbed better than plant sources. To ensure a consistent supply of this important mineral a whole food supplement is recommended.

4. What is Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™?

A: Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ is a high potency whole food zinc formula that provides 30mg and 200% of the Daily Value for zinc, plus 100% of the Daily Value for vitamin C. RAW Zinc™ features a RAW Veggie Mineral Blend of 17 RAW, organically grown vegetables with 75 ancient soil-based alkalizing trace minerals and a RAW Probiotic and Enzyme Blend for optimal digestion.† Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ formula supports immune system function, healthy wound recovery and DNA synthesis, plus skin, eye and prostate health.

5. What is the Recommended Daily Value for Zinc?

A: Zinc recommended Daily Value for adults is 15mg. Optimal daily intake is between 30 and 50mg, but the average daily intake in the U.S. is only 10mg.

6. How much Zinc does Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™provide?

A: RAW Zinc™ provides 30mg of RAW Food-Created Zinc, 200% of the recommended Daily Value.

7. What other nutrients does Vitamin Code® RAWZinc™ include?

A: RAW Zinc™ also includes 60mg (100% DV) of RAW Food- Created vitamin C.

8. What are the benefits of vitamin C in the VitaminCode® RAW Zinc™ formula?

A: It makes sense to include Vitamin C in a Zinc formula, as some of their important functions have the same goal in terms of benefits; for instance, both support the immune system, are great for skin health and healthy wound recovery.†Vitamin C is integral to building and maintaining collagen, a protein that holds the body’s cells in place, including blood vessels, therefore supporting healthy blood and a healthy heart. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that assists the body in fighting against oxidative stress, and is vital for healthy skin, bones, teeth and gums, energy production and growth.

9. What does the RAW Veggie Mineral Blend include?

A: The RAW Veggie Mineral Blend includes 75 alkalizing trace minerals from peat, cracked- wall chlorella, spirulina and 17 organic veggie juices.

10. What is Ancient Peat and where does it come from?

A: Modern intensive farming practices have depleted the mineral content of the soil, so today we are left with a mere fraction of the levels of minerals and trace minerals found in the soil and hence the foods that we eat. To help solve this problem, Garden of Life has started to include a unique, low temperature water extraction of naturally occurring plant deposits buried deep within the strata of rich fertile soil. The pristine surface provides an ideal buffer from modern commercial chemicals, and the deep strata source has a natural protection from plant based mineral depletion. We call this unique mineral source “Ancient Peat”. We use a special cold water extraction method with our Ancient Peat. The resulting purified mineral powder contains a full spectrum of over 70 minerals and trace minerals that is RAW, natural and bioavailable.

11. What are Trace Minerals?

A: Most minerals are required by your body for normal and healthy functions in relatively large amounts ranging between 800 and 1200 milligrams daily. However, there is a group of minerals that your body also requires and benefits from, but in much smaller amounts. These are called “Trace Minerals” (alluding to the fractional amounts required to confer benefits to the body) and they include certain minerals for which a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) has been established. These include iron, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, copper, iodine, chromium and selenium. However, there are approximately 70 additional trace minerals for which no RDI exists but are commonly understood to confer benefits, including boron and silica.

12. Why do you include Trace Minerals from Ancient Peat in some of your new RAW formulas?

A: At Garden of Life we take great pride in offering our customers innovative products. Our RAW products are designed to capture the many benefits of natural healthy RAW foods. We take time to make sure our premium quality wholefood nutrients are delivered as food. Additionally we make sure that our formulas also contain the necessary nutritional cofactors and natural delivery systems for these nutrients. We included Ancient Peat in some of our new mineral formulas because it delivers some of the elements missing from a healthy diet and is rich in alkalizing trace minerals. These minerals play an important role in human health, and help to alkalize the body, assist with absorption and act as cofactors for enzymes for digestion and utilization of nutrients.

13. What is the RAW Probiotic and Enzyme Blend composed of?

A: The RAW Probiotic and Enzyme Blend includes the probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii and the enzymes protease, phytase, beta-glucanase, alpha-galactosidase and hemicellulase and cellulase; this blend provides probiotics and enzymes to aid digestion.

14. What are the Nature-Intended benefits of Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™?

A: Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ formula supports immune system function, healthy wound recovery and DNA synthesis, plus skin, eye and prostate health.

15. Is Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ Vegan, Dairy and Gluten Free?

A: Yes, RAW Zinc™ is labeled as vegan, dairy and gluten free.

16. Does Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ contain Soy?

A: RAW Zinc™ is manufactured in a facility that also processes soy, therefore it may contain soy.

17. Does Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ contain GMOs?

A: All Garden of Life products are made from Non-GMO ingredients, and are either currently verified or in the process of verification with the Non-GMO project. RAW Zinc™ is currently going through the Non-GMO Verified certification. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit multi- stakeholder collaboration committed to preserving and building sources of non- GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

18. Is Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ Kosher?

A: RAW Zinc™ is not certified Kosher; however it does contain “Kosher friendly” vegan ingredients (being completely free of dairy, pork and shellfish).

19. Does Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ contain any binders or fillers, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives?

A: There are no fillers, binders or artificial ingredients in RAW Zinc™.

20. What are Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ capsules made of?

A: The capsules are made of vegetable cellulose, the structural component of the primary cell wall mainly of green plants.

21. What is the suggested usage for Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™?

A: Adults take 2 capsules daily. May be taken with or without food. Capsules can be opened. Contents can be taken directly with water or raw juices.

22. Are there any cautions or warnings for Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™?

A: CAUTION: As with any dietary supplement consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, anticipate surgery, take medication on a regular basis or are otherwise under medical supervision. This product is not intended for children.

23. Can Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ be taken with other Vitamin Code® formulas or Garden of Life products?

A: RAW Zinc™ can be taken with other Vitamin Code® or Garden of Life formulas. You will need to check labels carefully to avoid excessive intakes. In some people, additional supplementation beyond a multivitamin is important, yet for others it may provide no additional benefits. It is important that you discuss ALL supplement use with your health care practitioner, particularly if you have any kind of medical condition. Your healthcare practitioner should be able to tell you what additional nutritional supplementation is right for you.

24. Does Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ require refrigeration?

A: No, RAW Zinc™ should be stored in a cool dry place both before and after opening.

25. What is the shelf life of Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™?

A: RAW Zinc™ has a 2 year shelf life.

26. How is Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ different from other Zinc supplements?

A: RAW Zinc™ contains RAW Food–Created Nutrients™ with Code Factors™ and follows all Vitamin Code® quality standards: RAW – Uncooked, untreated, unadulterated, with no binders or fillers, chemical isolates or synthetic nutrients. Whole Foods – Living nutrients as nature intended, Live probiotics and enzymes, and 17 RAW and organically grown vegetables.

27. What is the Suggested Retail Price of Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™?

A: RAW Zinc™ is available in a 60ct. Amber Glass Bottle and has a Suggested Retail Price of $12.95 providing a 30-day supply.

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