14 Aug The Power of Zinc
Zinc plays many important roles in many different processes and systems in the body. Some of these functions include:
- Improving immune support
- Helping to prevent diarrhea
- Reducing risk of stomach ulcers
- DNA synthesis or creation
- Promoting cell division
- Supporting normal growth during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence
- Required for proper sense of taste and smell
Signs and symptoms of zinc deficiency
Not getting enough zinc from diet or supplementation can lead to zinc deficiency. Signs and symptoms of zinc deficiency include: growth retardation, loss of appetite and impaired immune function. More sever forms of deficiency can cause:
- Hair loss
- Weight loss
- Delayed healing of wounds
- Taste abnormalities
- Mental lethargy
How can you get your zinc fix?
The most common sources of zinc in foods comes from lean meats, nuts/seeds, poultry, seafood, milk, whole grain products, beans, eggs, kidney beans, oats, chickpeas/peas and spinach. The following are examples of foods that contain zinc.
- 3 ounces cooked oyster (74mg)
- 3 ounces of beef chuck roast (7mg)
- 3-ounce beef patty (5.3mg)
- Fortified breakfast cereal ¾ cup serving (3.8mg)
- 3 ounce pork chop (2.9mg)
- Yogurt (1.7mg)
- 1 packet oatmeal (1.1 mg)
- 1 cup non-fat/low-fat milk (1mg)
- 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/search/?query=zinc. Accessed 7/15/2017
- Academy of nutrition and dietetic: http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/wellness/preventing-illness/protect-your-health-with-immune-boosting-nutrition. Protect Your Health with Immune-Boosting Nutrition. Accessed 7/15/2017
- Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/zinc/dosing/HRB-20060638 . Drugs and Supplements Zinc. Accessed 7/15/2017
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/. Zinc. Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. Accessed 7/15/2017.
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