Good Health from A to Zinc
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
Regulating cell growth, helping heal wounds, promoting a healthy immune system - all of these vital health functions have something in common: zinc.
This versatile mineral also helps your body use carbohydrates, proteins and fats and enhances your senses of taste and smell.
The recommended daily intake of zinc is 11 milligrams for men and 8 for women. These amounts can easily be achieved by consuming a healthful, well-balanced eating plan.
Good sources of zinc include foods of animal origin, such as meat and seafood. Eggs and milk supply zinc in smaller amounts. Whole-grain products, wheat germ, black-eyed peas and fermented soybean paste (miso) also contain zinc, but in a form that's less accessible by the body.
For more information on whether you're getting proper amounts of zinc in your diet, talk with a dietetics professional or a physician.