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The Importance of Zinc

The Importance of Zinc

By Tiffany in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 29 June 2020

We often hear a lot about Vitamin C but Zinc is also an essential trace element that is crucial for the proper growth and maintenance of our bodies. Zinc also contributes to the development of cells that are in charge of defending your body against toxins or threatening foreign substances. By not getting enough Zinc, you may be come more susceptible to disease and illness as it is vital for a healthy immune system.

Unfortunately, our body doesn’t naturally produce zinc, so we must obtain it through food or supplements.

Here are some of the processes in our body that Zinc is required for:

  • Gene expression
  • Enzymatic reactions
  • Immune function
  • Protein synthesis
  • DNA synthesis
  • Wound healing
  • Growth and development
  • May reduce the risk of age related diseases
  • Vital for Skin Health
  • Decreases Inflammation

Zinc is naturally found in a wide variety of both plant and animal foods. Here are just 10 examples of foods that you can incorporate into your diet to ensure you are getting Zinc.

Here are 10 Foods high in Zinc

  1. Pumpkin Seeds
  2. Oats
  3. Oysters
  4. Lean Beef
  5. Crab
  6. Chickpeas
  7. Black Beans 
  8. Greek Yogurt
  9. Cashews

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