Zinc

Zinc is included in most single tablet over-the-counter daily vitamin and mineral supplements. Preparations include zinc oxide, zinc acetate, and zinc gluconate. It possesses antioxidant properties, which protect against accelerated aging of the skin and muscles of the body. Zinc also helps speed up the healing process after an injury. It is also beneficial to the body's immune system. Indeed, zinc deficiency may have effects on virtually all parts of the human immune system. Zinc helps stimulate the action of more than 100 enzymes, and helps to stimulate the sense of smell. It is used for instance in toothpastes, shampoos, as a dietary supplement …

In industry, the metal is most commonly used as an anti-corrosion agent. It is also used in pyrotechnics, in alloys, as catalyst, wood preservative, in fungicides...