Zinc is an essential mineral that is incorporated into many proteins located throughout the body. Thus, the availability of this mineral is crucial for maintenance of one’s health.

Health considerations

Deficiency in zinc has been associated to poor ability to gain weight in childhood, as well as increased risk of child mortality and diarrhaea in developing countries. This mineral has been used to treat Wilson’s Disease, the common cold and to improve immune function.

Keep in mind

Zinc deficiency is challenging to diagnose due to how it presents itself within the body. Thus, it is possible that many people may have a zinc deficiency without knowing it.

May be found in

Mollusks, enriched cereals, enriched protein powders, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, beef


The Journal of Trace Elements in Experimental Medicine
The Journal of Nutrition
Self Nutrition Data

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