Zinc

Zinc is also part of the blood that carries oxygen just like Iron, but there are some different things zinc does that Iron does not. It helps the pancreas to perform its functions in the body. It helps in the digestive system to make the food that we eat useful in the body. It is also important for our immune system, it helps to strengthen it.

• What it does: makes DNA and proteins in the body, it carries Vitamin A throughout the body, taste perception, wound healing, reproduction

• Good Sources: oysters, beef steak, yogurt, shrimp, enriched cereal, pork chop

• What happens if you consume too much of it: loss of appetite, impaired immunity, reduced copper and iron absorption, low HDL (good) cholesterol ( a risk factor in heart disease)

• How much is too much: more than 40mg/day

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: stunted growth, delayed sexual maturation, impaired immune function, hair loss, eye and skin lesions, loss of appetite

• Daily Requirement Intake: Men = 11 mg/day

Women= 8 mg/day

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.