Adequate levels of zinc are necessary for proper immune function, which means that even a small deficiency can result in an increased susceptibility to infection. The adult body contains about 2-3g of Zinc, the highest concentration is in the muscles.
Essential for growth, Involved in over 200 enzymic reactions, Vital for immune function, Essential for genetic transcription and metabolism of nucleic acids, Necessary for cell membrane structure and function, Necessary for healthy skin and intestinal lining, Necessary for eye health, Has antioxidant activity, Important for the prostate gland, Important for sperm production, Important for hormonal activity, required for prostaglandin synthesis, Involved in the storage of insulin in the pancreas, Important for the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrate & fats, Important for the production of energy, Involved in detoxification, Necessary for vitamin A metabolism, Necessary for the synthesis of collagen, Involved in the mechanism of taste and smell, Required for efficient wound healing, Prevents cancer
Fresh oysters, Sesame seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Ginger root, Crab, Pecans, Brazil Nuts, Cheddar cheese, Beef, Whole wheat, Rye, Oats, Peanuts, Lima beans, Almonds, Walnuts
Celiac Disease, Diarrhoea, Excess intake of calcium, Excess intake of Iron, Inflammatory bowel disorders, Liver disease, Low stomach acid, Pancreatic insufficiency, Poor blood sugar balance
Connective tissue disorders, Delayed wound healing, Depression, Growth retardation, Impaired glucose, Impotence, Infertility, Malabsorption syndromes, Night blindness, Rheumatoid arthritis, Unusual hair loss
People with long-term illness
US RDA: 15mg
EU RDA: 15mg