Zinc is a vital nutrient that the body needs to complete several functions. Although the body only needs small amounts to perform, it is needed for almost 100 enzymes to carry out chemical reactions.

How to get zinc

There are several foods that are rich in zinc, which aids in the creation of DNA, the growth of cells, the healing of damaged tissue, and boosting the immune system. In addition, zinc added to ointments has been used to treat wounds and aid in skin conditions like eczema and diaper rash.

  • Shellfish (including lobster, oysters, and crab)
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Beans
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole grains

You can also get zinc in supplement form. Be careful not to ingest too much as it can interfere with the absorption of iron and copper, or cause nausea and vomiting.

Are you low on zinc? Signs of deficiency include:

  • Depression
  • Decreased immunity
  • Hair loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Poor appetite
  • Loss of taste or smell
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