What is it?

Zinc is a trace mineral.

What it does

Zinc is found in almost every cell in the body. It supports the immune system and wound healing, and helps with making DNA. Zinc also supports the senses of taste and smell. It is particularly important for growth and development during childhood and adolescence.[1]

Food Sources

Zinc can be found in meat, fish, poultry, shellfish, whole grain cereals, corn, peanuts, dairy products, pumpkin seeds, okra and mung beans. It often is added to over the counter lozenges and remedies for the common cold.

Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)

Canada’s RDA can be found here.

Molecular Dosage Range

Orthomolecular practitioners may recommend dosage of zinc at levels much higher than the RDA.

[1], site reviewed August 2016