Vitamin Expert


Zinc is not called the ‘The King of Minerals’ for nothing! This trace mineral, is absolutely essential for many aspects of health, including childhood growth and development, sexual function and fertility, strong immunity, good eyesight and healthy hair, skin and nails.

What’s it used for? Immunity, growth and development, sexual function, reproduction, healthy eyes, hair, skin and nails
Best food sources Seafood, red meat, liver, egg yolks, dairy products, wholegrains
and beans
How much do I need? NRV is 10 mg per day*
Need to know Animal sources of zinc are better absorbed than vegetable sources
Good for inflammation of mucous membranes and mouth, vascular disorders and haemorrhoids.

*A Nutrient Reference Value or NRV is the recommended level set by the UK Department of Health for daily nutrient intake

Why do I need Zinc?

Over 300 enzymes depend on zinc to work properly, making it one of the busiest and most hardworking minerals of all.

Zinc supports the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells which help to fight against viruses. Zinc also helps the body use vitamin A, needed for healthy skin. Indeed, both nutrients are particularly beneficial in cases of teenage acne.

Zinc is also an antioxidant helping to neutralise free radicals; those harmful molecules that can damage cells. Additionally, it plays an essential role in male reproductive health where it’s needed for healthy sperm production, as well as male sex organ function and prostate problems. Zinc can also help manage joint issues and menstrual irregularities.

Best food sources

Oysters contain more zinc than any other food. Seafoods, such as lobster and crab are also good sources, as are red meat and liver. Other good sources include chicken, egg yolks, dairy products, wholegrains and beans.

Five foods high in Zinc

Oysters – 182mg per 100g
Beef – 12mg per 100g
pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin Seeds- 10mg per 100g
Chicken – 7mg per 100g
shitake mushrooms
Dried Shitake Mushrooms – 7mg per 100g

Are you getting enough?

Zinc deficiency is fairly common due to depleted levels in the soil and other minerals competing for absorption. Deficiency can lead to poor growth and development in children, rough skin, slow wound healing, poor appetite, sluggish brain, lowered immunity and an increased risk of infection and problems with vision. White spots on the nails can be a sign of zinc deficiency.

Did you know?

There are no known side effects from long-term use of zinc
It is suitable to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding at recommended dosages – consult your healthcare professional for advice
Zinc absorption varies and depends on good levels of stomach acid
Copper competes with zinc for absorption so make sure you’re having plenty of zinc-rich foods

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