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Zinc

Zinc is a trace mineral. Major dietary sources of Zinc include meat, liver, shell fish, milk, whole grains and wheat germ.

Major Body Functions:

  • Important for the activity of enzymes
  • Necessary for cell division, growth, wound healing and proper functioning of the immune system
  • Plays a role in taste and smell acuity
  • Important in carbohydrate metabolism and replication of DNA

Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite (related to impaired taste acuity), skin changes and immunological abnormalities
  • Hypogonadism and dwarfism
  • Growth retardation
  • Slowed wound healing
  • Developmental disorders in infants

Excessive Intake and Toxicity Symptoms:

  • Vomiting and intestinal irritation
  • May impair Copper status
  • Impairment of immune response
THE BEST SOURCES OF ZINC
Food Amount Milligrams
Pacific oysters, steamed/boiled 3 ounces 28.2
Liver, beef 3 ounces 5.1
Wheat germ 1/4 cup 4.7
Tenderloin, beef 3 ounces 4.5
Ground beef, lean 3 ounces 4.4
Raisin bran cereal 3/4 up 3.8
Special K cereal 1 1/3 cup 3.7
Crab, cooked 3 ounces 3.6
Garbanzo beans 1 cup 2.5
Pumpkin seeds 1 ounce 2.1
Kidney bans 1 cup 1.5
Almonds 1 ounce 1.4
Collard greens, cooked 1 cup 1.2

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