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Zinc plays a vital part in more than 200 enzyme reactions, maintains our genetic material intact within cells and the functioning of the immune system.


Zinc is an antioxidant, and is essential for the structure and functioning of cell membranes. Used in treating rheumatoid arthritis. May help to prevent the degenerative effects of ageing.

Deficiency Symptoms

Deficiencies are manifest by a poor diet, lethargy, growth retardation in the young, modified taste, smell and vision. Reduced immune function and sexual development in boys.

At a Glance...

Zinc is among the most important trace elements and boosts the immune system.

Functions Dosage Toxicity Further Information What you need to eat
Zinc is involved in many enzyme reactions and is integral in the synthesis of DNA and RNA. It is also involved in various proteins, hormones and inflammatory chemicals. It also plays a role in bone development and growth.
The RDA is 15 mg with 30 mg recommended during pregnancy.
Toxic effects only occur at high levels, but then may include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Zinc prevents blindness in the elderly, increases male potency and sex drive and can assist with infertility. Prevents hair loss and skin problems like acne. It also improves short-term memory and attention span.
Zinc is present in lean meat, seafood, especially oysters; eggs, soybeans, peanuts, wheat germ, and cheese.
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