Zinc is one of the most important essential trace elements for humans, but cannot be produced by the body itself. In addition, zinc can only be stored in the body for a short time, so it must be regularly absorbed through food. Zinc is involved in a variety of processes in the body as well as in the activity of around 100 enzymes, and plays an important role in cell growth and wound healing as well as in the immune system and reproduction.
The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 8 mg zinc for adult women and 11 mg for adult men. The values are slightly higher for pregnant and breastfeeding women than for non-pregnant women. Supplements should only be taken during and after pregnancy following a medical examination and with corresponding instructions.
· Meat, especially beef and liver
· Fish and seafood, especially oysters
· Whole grain cereals such as oat flakes