Zinc can be hard to trace--no really, it’s a trace mineral in the human body, meaning we only need a tiny amount for it to do its job.
And what is its job?
In addition to playing copycat to vitamin C and helping to shorten the duration of a cold, zinc actually helps the body make protein and DNA.
That’s why it’s super important for pregnant women as well as for developing children, as it supports healthy and essential growth.
So you might be wondering, I’m done growing--why should I care about zinc?
An Essential Nutrient
Zinc is vital and essential in aiding over 300 enzymes that exist to help with digestion, metabolism, immune system, and nerve function.
But zinc isn’t stored in the body, so we have to get it in supplements.
What stinks more is the side effects you can develop with a zinc deficiency, such as:
- Lower immunity
- Hair loss
- Swollen tongue
- Erectile dysfunction
- Lower sensations of smell and taste
- And unfortunately, many more.
Where is It?
There are a ton of foods that have high levels of zinc, such as beans and legumes, red meat, shellfish, dairy products, eggs, etc., but due to allergies and sensitivities as well as diets, some people might be more at risk of zinc deficiency because of the restrictions.
In any case, it’s important to have a daily routine of feeding your body the nutrients it needs--including zinc--and supplements are the easiest and quickest way of ensuring you get the correct amount.
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Written by Annie-Eliza Stevens