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Nearly 100 different enzymes—proteins that initiate chemical reactions in the body—depend on zinc, including those involved in the making of DNA (our cells’ blueprint for replication). Zinc contributes to skin repair, immunity, normal fertility and reproduction, DNA synthesis and cell division and provides structure to support proteins such as those found in muscle tissue and cell membranes.

Quick Summary

Zinc aids the activity of many enzymes essential for human functioning

Why is Zinc important?

Zinc supports the immune system and wound healing, reproduction, vision, blood clotting, insulin production and the processing of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Zinc also supports an antioxidant enzyme that protects against cellular damage.

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)


Where can you find Zinc?

  • Shellfish
  • Liver and kidney
  • Whole grains
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Nuts

Zinc functions

  • Contributes to immune function
  • Contributes to DNA synthesis and cell division
  • Contributes to the protection of cell constituents from oxidative damage
  • Contributes to the maintenance of normal bone
  • Contributes to normal cognitive function
  • Contributes to fertility and reproduction
  • Contributes to energy metabolism
  • Contributes to maintenance of normal vision
  • Contributes to skin repair
  • Contributes to the maintenance of normal serum testosterone concentrations
  • Contributes to healthy hair and nails