Nutrient to Know: Zinc
You may have heard of this trace mineral but do you know how important it is to your health? Get the facts about zinc.
Zinc supplements are often taken to boost immunity and fight symptoms of the common cold. While there’s a small amount of research to support that zinc lozenges might decrease the duration of a cold, their effectiveness is not well established.
The body relies on zinc to assist with energy production, growth and immunity so just about every cell in your body requires some. Not getting enough of this mineral can lead to depressed immune function, decreased appetite and poor growth. Weight loss, hair loss and altered sense of taste are some of the symptoms associated with severe deficiencies. On the flip side, getting too much can be harmful too, leading to nausea and vomiting, headaches and a decrease in “good” HDL cholesterol.
The daily recommendation for healthy adults is 15 milligrams of zinc. Get your daily dose from these foods: