Zinc

imageZinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell of the body. It is necessary for proper growth and immune function. Since zinc is not stored in or manufactured by the body, it must be ingested in proper amounts each day.Oysters are well known for their zinc content. But, other animal foods are also excellent sources of zinc. Although you can get zinc from plant-based foods, it is not as well absorbed.

Functions

Zinc's functions include:
  • Supporting normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence
  • Playing a role in tissue repair, including promoting wound healing
  • Helping the body use carbohydrate, protein, and fat
  • Helping to maintain proper immune function
  • Maintaining a sense of taste and smell

Recommended Intake

Age Group Recommended Dietary Allowance
(mg/day)
Male Female
0-6 months 2 2
7-12 months 3 3
1-3 years 3 3
4- 8 years 5 5
9-13 years 8 8
14-18 years 11 9
19+ years 11 8
Pregnancy: < 18 years n/a 12
Pregnancy: 19-50 years n/a 11
Lactation: < 18 years n/a 13
Lactation: 31-50 years n/a 12

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