• Zinc is an essential nutrient, which means your body can’t produce or store it and it has to be obtained through your diet.
• Your body uses zinc for a wide variety of processes such as wound healing, immune system tasks, DNA synthesis, and growth.
• Health benefits of zinc may include immune system strength, reducing inflammation, treating acne, and speeding up healing of burns and injuries.
• It’s usually not difficult to get enough zinc since it can be found in many animal and plant-based foods. Note that zinc from plant-based sources isn’t absorbed quite as well as from animal sources.
• Foods high in zinc:
Shellfish - clams, oysters, mussels, crabs
Fish - sardines, salmon, flounder
Meat - beef, pork, lamb
Poultry - chicken, turkey
Dairy Products - milk, cheese, yogurt
Legumes - black beans, chickpeas, lentils
Nuts and Seeds - cashews, pumpkin seeds
Whole Grains - brown rice, oats, quinoa
Vegetables - kale, peas, asparagus, mushrooms