Trace mineral found in each and every cell of our body. The main dietary sources of zinc are oysters, red meat, poultry, fish, nuts and legumes.

Who is in greater risk for zinc deficiency?
• Pregnant and lactating women
• Vegetarians
• Individuals with chronic gastrointestinal disorders
• Heavy drinkers
• Individuals following a restrictive diet for many years

The role of zinc:
• Carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism
• Supports immune function
• Optimal growth and development
• Aids in DNA synthesis
• Normal sensory function (smell, taste, touch)
• Normal wound healing
• Supports fertility & reproduction
• Proper prostate function
• Skin, hair and nail strength

Zinc deficiency may result in:
• Loss of appetite
• Changes in taste
• Impaired growth in children
• Vulnerable immune system
• Hair loss
• Poor vision acuity
• Skin disorders and impaired wound healing