All you need to know about zinc

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Zinc is an essential trace element for a wide range of biological functions and Alexis tells you all about it in detail!

All you need to know about Zinc

THE ROLE OF ZINC

Zinc is a trace element, a mineral salt that cannot be produced by our body. Although zinc is present in very small quantities in our body, it contributes to and is essential for a wide range of biological functions.

ZINC DEFICIENCY

Zinc deficiency is defined as a serum zinc concentration of <10.7 ml/L. It is usually caused by malnutrition and reduced dietary intake. It can also occur with a strict vegetarian diet.

Zinc deficiency affects the body as zinc contributes to :

  • the maintenance of normal bones, normal hair, normal nails
  • the maintenance of normal skin
  • normal DNA synthesis
  • normal fertility and reproduction
  • normal function of the immune system

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ZINC SOURCES AND ABSORPTION

Zinc is mainly present in animal products such as meat and oysters (shellfish). However, it is also found in wheat and rye germ, pulses, walnuts and tea.

Oyster22,5mgRack of veal7,6 mg
Wheat germ14 mgLobster7,27 mg
Canned crab11,9 mgMorbier cheese7 mg
Beef shank11 mgHam6,5 mg
Sesame seed10,2 mgMinced beef 6,37 mg
Flank steak8,33 mgPine nuts5,6 mg
Shiitaké (mushroom) 7,66 mgRed lentils3,9 mg

Zinc is absorbed by the intestinal wall by a passive mechanism. This is why we offer zinc as a tablet to be swallowed. Taking a large quantity of zinc can interfere with the absorption of copper or iron, so it is best not to supplement with these two minerals at the same time.

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ZINC

The Nutritional Reference Values (NRV) of zinc in the EU is 10 mg per day for an adult, with higher levels recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

ZZZINC FROM THE BIO FRERES

packaging zzzinc
packaging zzzinc

Our ZZZinc comes from vegan zinc sources : organic basil leaves (Oscimum basilicum) and organic shiitake (Lentinula edodes), 60% and 40% respectively. Each tablet contains approximately 7.5 mg of zinc, i.e. about 75% of the recommended daily amount.

SEE ALSO

https://www.vegetarisme.fr/comment-devenir-vegetarien/alimentation-equilibree

Written with love by: Alexis