Zinc is a trace element that the body needs in a minimal amount. Among major roles zinc plays are immune system maintenance, proper growth, and sexual maturation, synthesis of protein, wound healing, blood clotting and production of sperm.

Zinc is used in the treatment of malaria and some other disease caused by parasites.

best sources of zinc

Quick Facts

Functions: forms over 300 enzymes in the body, needed for a normal wound healing, strong immune system, body growth, and sexual maturation, plays a role in taste perception

Deficiency: may lead to growth retardation, impaired immune function and sexual maturation, bad wound healing, hair loss and other. Especially at risk are infants, pregnant women, vegetarians, people abusing alcohol 

Toxicity: higher doses taken in the form of supplements may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, impaired immune function

A balanced, healthy diet will provide an adequate intake of this element.

Among the best zinc sources are:

  • lean meats
  • seafood
  • nuts
  • legumes
  • oysters are one of the most abundant sources of this element, 2 pieces can supply even week-long recommended intake of this mineral.
  • whole grains
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