Kate's Cuisine

Jun 12 2009

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that we all often think of when we feel a cold coming on but it’s something that we should always be thinking about when we think about our diet. This is because zinc does just about everything from helping with the creation of DNA and reproductive development to maintaining the production and release of insulin within the body. Zinc can also help create Vitamin A as well as help with thyroid function. This important mineral also helps maintain the sense of taste and smell but this is not what zinc is most important for.

Although we may only think to take a zinc supplement when we’re sick, zinc is essential to the immune system long before we ever feel ill. Zinc is critical to helping the immune system ward off illness and it’s also greatly responsible for the healing of our wounds.

Men should get 11mg/day of zinc while women should get 8mg/day. Meat, poultry, seafood, milk products, and whole grains are all great sources of zinc.

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