Is Zinc an important micronutrient?
It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses.
During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly. Zinc also helps wounds heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell.
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If you aren’t getting enough, it can cause delayed sexual development in adolescents, impotence in men, a compromised immune system, hair loss, diarrhea, eye and skin sores, loss of appetite, weight loss, problems with wound healing, decreased ability to taste food, and lower alertness levels can also occur.
So what foods contain zinc?
Oysters, the best source of zinc. Red meat, poultry, seafood such as crab and lobsters, and fortified breakfast cereals also contain zinc.
If you have concerns, get your zinc level checked. We can help you with that - just ask!
Take care of your body, my friends! It’s the only one you get!
Amanda Cudney, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-C