image Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell of the body. It is necessary for proper growth and immune function. Oysters are well known for their zinc content. But, other animal foods are excellent sources of zinc, as well. You can also get zinc from plant-based foods. But, this zinc is not as well absorbed.

Zinc's functions include:

  • Supporting normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence
  • Playing a role in tissue repair
  • Helping the body use carbohydrate, protein, and fat
  • Helping to maintain proper immune function, including promoting wound healing
  • Maintaining a sense of taste and smell