Zinc – why your body needs it

Like calcium, zinc is one of the most important minerals in your body. It is present in all tissues and body fluids and is especially abundant in the brain. It is a powerful antioxidant that can be ingested through certain foods. Unfortunately, the body is not able to store excess zinc, so continuous daily dietary intake is required.

Zinc

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Is essential to the cognitive and nervous systems.

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Is present in many animal and plant based foods.

The role of zinc

  • It is involved in the activity of more than 300 enzymes aiding the processes of metabolism, digestion, nerve function and many others.
  • This mineral plays a key role in certain cellular mechanisms. Its immune function can help the body to adjust during seasonal weather changes.
  • It aids healing process of wounds and helps fight against skin problems.
  • It plays a role in synthesis of proteins.
  • Zinc is a powerful antioxidant. It neutralizes free radicals, protects the cells of the skin and participates in growth of hair and nails.
  • It is essential to the cognitive and nervous systems and contributes to their proper functioning.
  • It plays a role in DNA synthesis.
  • This mineral aids growth and development. It promotes cell growth and division.
  • Supports the senses of taste and smell.
  • Supports growth and development.
  • Helps heal skin injuries.
  • Helps reduce the chance of infection.

Zinc is a vital mineral that your body uses in many ways. It is present in many animal and plant-based foods, which makes it easy to provide your body with enough zinc as long as you follow a healthy and balanced diet.

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Zinc food sources

  • oysters and some types of seafood (crab and lobster),
  • lean red meat (beef, pork and bison),
  • poultry (chicken and turkey),
  • fish (flounder, sardines, salmon and sole),
  • dairy products (milk, yogurt and cheeses),
  • nuts (almonds and hazelnuts),
  • beans,
  • whole grains (oats, rye and whole wheat bread),
  • vegetables (mushrooms, kale, peas and asparagus),
  • dried fruits.

Due to the fact that not everyone absorbs zinc in the same way and in equal amounts and that zinc is not stored by your body, supplements can be helpful. The Berocca range can help support the levels of zinc in your body.

There are some groups of people who are more at risk of not getting enough zinc than others. They include:

  • vegetarians and vegans,
  • people on medically recommended restrictive diets,
  • pregnant and breastfeeding women,
  • people with certain medical conditions that can cause malabsorption. Please always make sure to carefully read the label and consult your healthcare professional before taking other medicines.

Zinc is needed in various processes in your body and plays an important role as an antioxidant, in DNA synthesis and in growth and development. Hence, it is good to remember to eat plenty of foods rich in zinc and, if needed, to take a vitamin and mineral dietary supplement to supplement a healthy and balanced diet.

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