Zinc is a mineral found in cells throughout the body. It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses, helps wounds heal, and is important for proper senses of taste and smell. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly.
Plant: Fortified breakfast cereals, beans, nuts, and whole grains.
Animal: Red meat, poultry, seafood such as crab and lobsters. Oysters are the best source of zinc. Dairy products provide some zinc.
« Research shows that zinc absorption in humans can be improved by combining (chelated) zinc with picolinic acid.