Zink is an important trace mineral, required for some essential functions of the body, like proper growth, cell division and cellular metabolism. It is very important for healthy immune system.
According to World Health Organization, zinc deficiency is serious problem in underdeveloped countries. Deficiency of this mineral can lead to impaired immunity, stunted growth, diarrhea, and hair loss. Adequate zinc intake is particularly important for children.
Animal foods are better source of zinc than plant foods. Meat and some seafood – oysters, are some of the best sources of zinc, and dairy products are good source of this mineral.
Fresh juices and smoothies are usually low in zinc, so if you want to increase zinc content, add extra glass of milk.