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Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Zinc
0 to 6 months, 2 milligrams
7 months to 3 years, 3 milligrams
4 -8 years, 5 milligrams
9 to 13 years old, 8 milligrams
Males 14 years and older, 11 milligrams
Females 14 to 18 years, 9 milligrams
Females 19 years and older - 8 milligrams
Pregnant females age 18 and younger,12 milligrams and lactating moms - 13 milligrams
Pregnant females age 19 and older,11 milligrams and lactating moms- 12 milligrams
Deficiency Signs & Symptoms of Zinc
Impaired sense of taste and/or smell, depression, lack of appetite, weakened immunity, and growth development in children.
Toxicity Signs & Symptoms of Zinc
Metallic, bitter taste in the mouth, nausea, stomach pain, cramps, bloody diarrhea.
Best Food Sources
Oysters, cereal, baked beans, beef, crab, giblets, fast food taco, trail mix.
Functions in the Body
Balancing blood sugar levels and metabolic rate, sensitivity in regards to taste/smell, supports immune system, regulates genetic activity.
May assist in the healing or management therapy for the following conditions: acne, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, anorexia, dermatitis, common cold, flu, Crohn's disease, diabetes, epilepsy, Grave's disease, herpes simplex, HIV/AIDS, male infertility, inflammatory bowel disease, muscular degeneration, osteoporosis, PMS, psoriasis, cataracts.