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Are You Missing This Essential Nutrient?

Updated: Apr 15, 2021

A deficiency can lead to a weakened immune response - not something any of us wants for ourselves or our families, right? Find out what vital mineral your body uses in countless ways, including for things like metabolism, digestion, nerve function, and skin health.


The second-most-abundant trace mineral in your body, zinc is present in every cell. However, its classification as an "essential nutrient" means the body cannot produce or store it, we need to get our zinc - consistently - through food sources or supplements.



What Makes This Mineral So Important


Zinc is:

  • critical for the development and function of immune cells

  • necessary for healthy metabolism

  • fundamental to skin health

  • necessary for DNA synthesis and protein production

  • plays a role in healthy cell growth and division

  • needed for your senses of taste and smell (one of the enzymes crucial for proper taste and smell is dependent on zinc, so a deficiency can reduce your ability to taste or smell)

  • important for healthy growth and development, including sexual development

  • shown to be helpful in slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration

  • helpful in reducing the symptoms of diarrhea in malnourished individuals.


It also supports the body's inflammation response, digestion, nerve function, wound healing + speed of recovery, improves acne symptoms, and is necessary for the activity of over 300 enzymes that aid in many other processes.



To Supplement, or Not to Supplement

As usual, popping a pill is not necessarily the best way to get your nutrients; taken long term and in high doses, zinc supplements can cause a copper deficiency which may lead to neurological issues like numbness and weakness in the arms and legs. Don't worry - with a varied diet filled with fresh + unprocessed foods, your body usually gets enough zinc!


Food sources of zinc include:

  • chicken

  • red meat

  • shellfish

  • fish

  • legumes: chickpeas, lentils, black beans, & kidney beans

  • nuts & seeds: pumpkin seeds, cashews, & hemp seeds

  • eggs

  • ancient & whole grains: oats, quinoa, brown rice

  • mushrooms

  • kale

  • peas

  • asparagus

  • beet greens

  • and DARK CHOCOLATE for the win!


Feel a Cold Creeping Up?

While zinc lozenges or syrups taken within 24 hours of the first signs of a cold can help to shorten it, use of intranasal zinc (the kind you spray in your nose) has been linked with the loss of the sense of smell - sometimes long term or permanently. Feel like you have a weak immune response? Talk to your doctor about whether or not you have a zinc deficiency.



Talk with Your Doctor

According to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended daily amount of zinc via supplements is 8 milligrams (mg) for women and 11 mg for adult men; check with your physician or nutritionist for help deciding whether or not a supplement is right for you. Also discuss possible interactions with your doctor between oral zinc and taking quinolone or tetracycline antibiotics, the rheumatoid arthritis drug penicillamine, and hiazide diuretics for blood pressure; they'll tell you how much time you need between taking the supplement and any medications.



 

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