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Zinc: Why You Need It And Foods That Contain Zinc

Zinc is one of the most important minerals in your body. Want to know how you can get it? Read on to find out!

Zinc: Why You Need It And Foods That Contain Zinc

Zinc is an extremely important mineral.

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Animal proteins are a great source of zinc.
  2. Zinc is also found in tea made from dandelion, rose hips, and chamomile.
  3. Nuts, grains, legumes, tofu, and yeast are good sources for vegetarians.
When we think about important minerals that our body needs to keep healthy, usually iron and calcium come to mind. What a lot of people don't realize, is that zinc is as important. In fact, of the trace materials, this element is second to iron in terms of concentration in the body. It is found in cells throughout our body, and plays a major role in maintaining our immune system, cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates. It is also needed for the sense of smell and taste, and enhances the action of insulin as well.

So, how can you get it?

  • Animal proteins are a great source of zinc. Beef, lamb, eggs and pork contain quite a bit, and so do fish and dark chicken meat. Seafood also has a high amount of zinc, especially oysters.
  • Nuts, whole grains, legumes, tofu, mushrooms, avocado and yeast are good sources of zinc for vegetarians as well.
  • It is important to note that meat provides up to four times the amount of zinc than vegetarian foods. Thus, it is not uncommon for vegetarians to have less zinc in their bodies.
  • Zinc is found in most mineral supplements and multi-vitamins. It is usually in the form of zinc acetate, zinc sulfate or zinc gluconate. It may also be found in some over-the-counter medicines like throat lozenges and nasal sprays.
  • Zinc is also found in tea made from dandelion, rose hips, and chamomile.
  • Herbs are another source of zinc and help increase zinc levels in the human body. Some favorites include parsley, sage, and fennel seeds.
Also read: Zinc Reduces Common Cold Symptoms

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