Zinc is a mineral necessary for immune function, cell development, wound repair, enzyme production, the formation of insulin, and carbohydrate digestion. Maintaining healthy zinc levels also provides protection from the effects of estrogen on breast cancer cells.
Symptoms of zinc deficiency include low energy, suppressed immune function, acne, eczema, loss of taste, high cholesterol levels, prolonged wound healing, brittle nails/white spots on nails, hair loss, skin problems, and poor digestion, GERD (gastric esophageal reflux disease) and fatigue.
FOOD SOURCES OF ZINC
SERVING SIZE FOOD ZINC (mg)
3 ounces Pumpkin seeds 8
3 ounces Cashews 5
3 ounces Popcorn 4
3 ounces Peanuts 3
3 ounces Anchovies 2
Zinc is provided in many multivitamin/mineral products. The most easily assimilated forms are
picolinate, citrate, or bisglycinate.
Recommendation: 15 mg daily