Zinc is one of those minerals that perhaps isn't in the spotlight as much as others. Many of us are actually walking around with symptoms of zinc deficiency without even knowing it!
However, zinc is a really important part of your diet and can provide a real boost to your health.
This clever mineral is an integral cog of so many functions in our bodies. Think of it like the oil in your car engine. If it's running low, you'll still be able to function, but you'll be much less efficient and more likely to burn out early.
Dr Farmah knows all about zinc and has answered all the key questions below, while you can also join the conversation on Instagram and use #KnowYourABC to learn more about other vitamins and minerals.
Here are just a few of the important functions zinc plays in your health:
Some of the advantages of zinc only apply to men:
Men need around 9.5mg of zinc per day, while women should aim for 7mg. If you don't get enough, you may experience symptoms of zinc deficiency, such as:
Please note some people will have problems with absorbing zinc. If you're doing all the right things but still experiencing these symptoms, please see your GP.
I always advocate getting your vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet full of micronutrient-dense foods. In my opinion, getting all our minerals from whole foods means we not only boost our mineral intake, but also enforce an overall healthy lifestyle.
Foods that are rich in zinc include:
As you can see, getting enough zinc in your diet doesn't need to be any more complex than whipping up a spinach and mushroom omelette.
Now that you're equipped with the knowledge you need, remember that it's always better to make small, sustainable lifestyle changes to support your health.
Wishing you all the best!
Dr G Farmah
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