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Zinc

Upgrades your immunity

How much do I need?

The current recommended daily intake (RDI) for zinc is 15 mg for adults and children over the age of 4, and 7.5 mg for children 3 years and younger.

Why we include it

Zinc is an essential trace element. “Essential” means our body cannot make zinc, so we must get it through our diet. But even if you get plenty of zinc through your diet, there may be other elements in your food that block the amount you absorb. We recommend you talk with your primary care provider to determine if you need to supplement with extra zinc.

Where can I get it?

  • 3 oz oysters – 75 mg
  • 3 oz veal – 12 mg
  • 3 oz beef – 7 mg
  • 3 oz lamb – 6 mg
  • 3 oz shrimp – 2 mg
  • ½ cup lentils – 2 mg
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread – 1 mg

Note: Plant-based zinc sources are less absorbable, or “bioavailable”, because plants also contain phytic acid, a compound that blocks zinc absorption. The enzymatic action of yeast reduces the level of phytic acid, so leavened whole grain breads have more bioavailable zinc than unleavened whole grain breads.1

We recommend you seek the advice of your pediatrician or primary care provider before making changes to you or your child’s nutrient intake.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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  1. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/minerals/zinc
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