Get That Zinc Level Up

Zinc is an essential mineral, and is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement.

Zinc is also found in some cold lozenges, over-the-counter drugs sold as cold remedies, and some denture adhesive creams.

Zinc is involved in many aspects of cellular metabolism. It is required for the catalytic activity of hundreds of enzymes, and it plays a role in enhancing immune function, protein and DNA synthesis, wound healing, and cell signaling and division.

Zinc also supports healthy growth and development during pregnancy, infancy, childhood, and adolescence and is involved in the sense of taste.

The total amount of zinc in the body is approximately 1.5 g in women and 2.5 g in men Most of this zinc is stored in skeletal muscle and bone.

Symptoms of zinc deficiency tend to be linked to the roles that zinc performs in the body. 

Some of the most common zinc deficiency symptoms include: 

  • Appetite loss
  • Slower than expected growth
  • Poor immune system function
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Impaired taste
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hair loss
  • Fertility issues
  • Increased susceptibility to infection

There are many sources from which one can obtain zinc. However, some of the richest sources are:



Blue crab

Breakfast cereals, fortified with 25% of the DV for zinc

Pumpkin seeds

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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