Zinc is a very important mineral for our health. It is important for growth and development. It helps to keep the sense of taste. It is necessary for the proper functioning of more than 350 enzymes, thereby necessary to develop stronger immune system.

Zinc is our natural defence against colds. It promotes also healing skin wounds, burns and eczema. It plays a role in Hair growth. It is also important for reproduction and semen contains very high amount of zinc and selenium.

What are the symptoms of zinc deficiency?

Symptoms of zinc deficiency include:

• Frequent infections
• Slow wound healing
• Lack of appetite
• Loss of senses of taste and smell
• Skin problems including acne
• Loss of hair
• Dandruff
• Impotence
• Decrease in sexual drive
• Dwarfism
• Night blindness

What is the recommended daily intake amount of Zinc?

The recommended daily intake amount of Zinc is as follows:

AGE                              DAILY INTAKE [mg]

0 to 12 months          3 t0 5

1 to 3 years                 8
4 to 6 years                10
7 to 9 years                12
10 to years                 12

13 to 14 years            15
15 to 18 years            15

Above 19 years         15

Pregnant:                 +10
Breastfeeding:      +10

What is the amount of supplementation if it is necessary?

The necessary zinc supplementation is 20mg per day. It is better to take organic zinc tablet like zinc orotate for better absorption.

What are the foods rich in zinc?

• Onion
• Garlic
• Nuts
• Pulses
• Beans
• Milk, yoghurt and cheese
• Meat
• Liver
• Eggs
• Seafood

Fruits and vegetables contain only little zinc. The vegetarians must be careful in their food. Nuts, pulses and milk and dairy products may be the rich sources.

I have seen tens of thousands of blood results and there are many who needed supplementation for some time, may be weeks or months. Once they take the right food for them this supplement is stopped.