ZINC OXIDE AND CHEMICALS
Zinc oxide (ZnO) is the most important chemical related to zinc and has, as its main application, its use in vehicle tyres and all rubber goods. Other applications are in ceramic glazing, pigments, animal feed and fertilizers. Many other zinc-based chemicals are produced for a wide range of applications. Common uses of zinc in everyday life are for sunblock creams and lotions, for sunburn treatment and for treatment of certain skin conditions. Zinc is an essential nutrient, both in agriculture and for the human body. It is, in fact, essential for human health, playing a major part in disease resistance, wound healing, reproduction and digestion. The recommended daily intake of zinc is approximately 15 milligrams, depending on age etc. and in some parts of the world zinc deficiency in humans is a serious problem.