July 13, 2022
Zinc is an important nutrient that plays various roles in your body. As it is an essential nutrient, your body doesn’t make it and you must get it from food or supplements.
Let’s understand more about this nutrient!
Zinc is a nutrient with countless health benefits. It is the second-most abundant mineral present in your body. Some of its important functions are:
Boosts immune system
Reduces the risk of age-related disorders
As with all other nutrients, taking too much zinc can be harmful to health. A higher dose of selenium is seen to have fatal and toxic effects.
Some symptoms of high zinc levels are:
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of appetite
Severe zinc deficiency is rare and seen only in specific conditions, such as genetic mutations or alcohol abuse. Some common symptoms of zinc deficiency include:
Impaired wound healing
Your recommended daily allowance of zinc may depend on various factors, such as disease conditions and age.
0– 6 months
Above 18 years of age
Some examples of selenium-rich foods are:
Meat such as pork and beef
Nuts and seeds
Legumes and dals
Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt
Whole grains such as wheat, quinoa, oats, and brown rice
“Animal products, such as meat and shellfish, have high amounts of zinc in a form that is easily absorbed by your body.”
We have started a A-Z, blog-series on nutrients, covering all your vitals in one place! Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a specific nutrient of interest to be covered, we would love to keep that as our priority!
Rashida Vapiwala (Founder at LabelBlind®, Food Label Specialist, Ph.D (Food Science and Nutrition))
Rashida is passionate about solving problems for the food industry using technology. She loves creating tech-led solutions in the space of Nutrition.