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Zinc

Alternate Names

Zinc Chloride, Zinc Gluconate, Zinc Methionine Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Stearate, Zinc Sulfate

Description

A metal found naturally in the earth. Essential trace element that is necessary for plants and animals. Found naturally in foods such as red meats, wheat germ and various seeds. Other foods are fortified with zinc such as cereal.

Zinc - Quick Stats
Names

Zinc Chloride, Zinc Gluconate, Zinc Methionine Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Stearate, Zinc Sulfate

Allergy Information

Vitamin B1

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Tocopherol

Uses

Nutrient

Additional Information

The US Recommended Dietary Allowance, is 8mg per day for women and 11mg per day for men. Zinc is present in most daily vitamin and mineral supplements. It is believed to possess antioxidant properties and reduce the severity of a cold, although studies are controversial. Also found in sunscreens and diaper rash ointments.



Found In

beef, lamb, liver, seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy, celery, mustard, alfalfa), nuts, beans, whole grains, breakfast cereals, bread

Possible Health Effects

Mild deficiencies can cause a wide range of health effects including diarrhea, impotence, and skin lesions . Zinc is toxic in large amounts is harmful and can suppress the body's ability to absorb other minerals such as copper and iron.

Allergy Information

Unknown

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