Sindh Minister for Information Shazia Marri has urged people to ensure they have an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals to prevent themselves from catching avoidable diseases.
She was speaking as the chief guest at a seminar titled “Zinc se Zindagi,” which was organised by the Express Media Group, in collaboration with Abbott Laboratories at a hotel here on Sunday.
“Zinc is a life saver, since it helps [people from catching] many diseases,” said Marri. “It can also help in dealing with various types of cancers, diabetes, male and female fertility and Alzheimer’s.”
Dr Yusuf Kamal said that zinc was the third most abundant trace element in every cell of the human body. “Zinc strengthens the immune system, repairs damaged DNA, supports stabilisation of the blood glucose level, maintains [our] sense of taste and smell, and boosts fertility.”
Dr Tasneem Nakhuda added that zinc enhances the healing process. “It decreases the relative risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease too.”
Prof. Dr Rubina Tahir highlighted the role played by the element during pregnancies.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 23rd, 2012.