The role of Zinc:

  • Activates over 200 enzyme systems in the body
  • Has anti-viral activity
  • Improves immunity
  • Is important for brain development and cognitive function
  • Involved in DNA and RNA synthesis
  • Helps absorb B vitamins
  • Is important for healthy thyroid function
  • Has a role in taste sensitivity
  • Improves carbon dioxide transport in the lungs
  • Reduces lactic acid levels in overworked muscles
  • Supports insulin action and blood sugar regulation
  • Is essential for wound healing
  • Enhances healthy sperm production
  • Is involved in production of testosterone
  • Assists production and secretion of HCl acid in the digestive system to help break down food and delivery nutrients to tissues.

Signs & Symptoms of Low Zinc

  • Poor wound healing & skin disease (Acne, eczema, stretch marks, boils, warts)
  • White spots on fingernails
  • Reduced appetite (Zinc is required for the production of gastric acid)
  • Altered taste and smell sensation (PICA – eating inedible objects (Dirt, chalk, ice, clay). Craving salt – anchovies and olives!

 Recommended minimum daily intake

  • Children 7months-8 years: 3-4 mg
  • Children 9-13: 6mg
  • Girls 14-18: 7mg
  • Boys 14-18: 13mg
  • Adult men: 14mg
  • Adult women: 8mg
  • Pregnancy & Lactation: 10-12mg

*Specific conditions will require additional amounts.

Dietary Sources

  • Lamb loin
  • Beef sirloin
  • Oysters
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Egg
  • Sunflower, Sesame, Pumpkin seeds
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts

*Some medications & supplements may interact with zinc.

Speak to your naturopath about the best form of supplementation for you.