What is Zinc?
Zinc is a chemical element symbolized by ‘Zn.’ This silvery metal is a naturally occurring, essential mineral that can be found in our bodies and in the foods we eat. But where does Zinc come from, and how do we know about it?
In Europe, Zinc was discovered by German chemist Andreas Marggraf in 1746, though the Romans knew about and used Zinc well before then. 1 Still, Marggraf was the first to recognize Zinc as a new metal.
In addition, Marggraf discovered that Zinc could be produced in a chemical-reduction process involving Calamine and Charcoal.
If you’re looking for Zinc, look no further. Zinc is most abundantly found in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. In every ton of Earth’s crust, there are roughly 2.3 ounces of Zinc present.
As mentioned before, Zinc can be produced or obtained in a natural chemical-reduction process. The leading producers of Zinc are China, Australia, and Peru. But why do we care so much about Zinc?
In short, Zinc is an extremely useful metal that is not only beneficial to our health, but to our livelihood. It is even used to manufacture the cars we drive! Most significantly, however, Zinc assists our bodies through various chemical and metabolic processes, such as
- Protein Synthesis
- Gene Expression
- Growth and Development
- Enzymatic Reactions
And that’s just scratching the surface. Check out all the ways Zinc is beneficial to our health below.