Zinc

Functions

  • Helps in maintaining healthy skin.
  • Helps in wound healing.
  • Needed for enzymes important for energy production.
  • Required for growth and repair of cells and tissue;
  • Supports immune function.
  • Increases male potency and sex drive.
  • Anti inflammatory.
  • Maintains taste and smell.

Sources

  • Oysters and other seafood
  • Red meat (lamb, beef, pork)
  • Herring
  • Liver
  • Egg yolk
  • Milk products
  • Whole grains
  • Wheat germ
  • Bran
  • Oats
  • Beans
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Nuts
  • Peas
  • Carrot
  • Beet
  • Cabbage

Deficiency

  • Slow growth
  • Hair loss
  • Dermatitis
  • Loss of taste sensation
  • Delayed healing of skin wounds
  • Poor appetite
  • Menstrual problems
  • Sterility
  • Increased susceptibility to infections.

Toxicity

  • Zinc is non toxic in amounts less than 100 – 150mg.
  • Taking higher doses (150 mg or more) may cause gastrointestinal irritation, nausea and diarrhea.

Recommended dietary allowances