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Five Facts About Zinc

Five Facts About Zinc

What is zinc and why is it beneficial?

Zinc is an important mineral for your body, especially your immune system


1.) Zinc is an essential mineral, but your body cannot make it by itself. This means you need to obtain it daily from your diet or from supplements.

Here are some foods with zinc:

  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Red Meat
  • Dairy

Make sure you are getting your recommended daily intake of zinc!

2.) Zinc is crucial to developing a healthy immune system and is also crucial in activating T cells. T cells help your body distinguish between friend and foe and help attack foreign invaders. When you buy cough drops, you may notice zinc is added to them!

3.) Zinc is the second-most abundant trace mineral in your body just behind iron, which means zinc is present in every cell of your body! Pretty cool, right?

4.) Zinc supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence! Pregnant women, children, and adolescents should take zinc supplements, especially for developing smell and taste.

5.) A daily intake of zinc is required because the body has no specialized zinc storage system. Whether you are getting zinc via natural foods or supplements, make sure to get this powerful mineral every single day and think zinc!


Reference
1https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/
2 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263176