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Zinc (Zn)

Zinc is an important trace element involved in antioxidant reactions. It can boost your immune system and has been reported to be effective in fending off bad colds. Vegetarians should be conscious of ensuring an adequate intake of zinc.

Natural Food Sources
Beef, black beans, blackstrap molasses, chicken heart, egg yolk, fish, lamb, maple syrup, milk, nuts, oysters, pork, sesame seeds, soybeans, sunflower seeds, turkey, wheat germ, whole grain products, yeast.

Main Functions
Zinc is a component of insulin and over 100 enzymes, proteins, nucleic acids and hormones. It helps in the healing of wounds, tissue repair, growth, energy conversion and sexual development. It regulates blood sugar, blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels.

Deficiency Symptoms
Although uncommon, zinc deficiency symptoms include anemia, stunted growth, birth defects, sterility, mental problems, skin problems, hair loss and a decreased ability to taste food. If your diet is too rich in copper or iron, it could lead to a zinc deficiency.

 
 

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