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Zinc is a trace mineral - needed in only small amounts by
our bodies but with many important functions. Zinc deficiency can cause loss of
appetite, poor growth, loss of hair, a poorly functioning immune system
(leading to constant illness), poor wound healing and changes in taste
Who needs more and why?
more zinc to help with their growth and development. Vegetarians. The
absorption of zinc, and iron, is
lower in vegetarian diets because vegetarians eat more legumes and wholegrains
(these contain phytates, which reduce zinc absorption) while avoiding meat
(which is a source of zinc).
Which foods contain zinc?
found in seafood (especially oysters), lean red meat, chicken, wholegrain
cereals, beans, lentils and seeds, and dairy products.
Tips to increase your zinc intake
To increase your zinc intake try:
adding beans to
salads or casseroles
yoghurt as a snack
beef in your wholegrain sandwich at lunchtime.
Concerned about your zinc intake?
If you are concerned about your intake of zinc, please discuss it with