Zinc is an immunity-boosting powerhouse. Here’s why you need to make sure your levels are topped up.
It’s not just a high-scoring word in Scrabble – zinc is also essential for our health and wellbeing.
We need zinc to help the body create new cells and process food. It also helps us to resist infection. Find out why everybody’s body could benefit from a healthy zinc intake.
Foods high in zinc include:
• legumes including chickpeas
• nuts and seeds
• wholemeal bread
• fortified vegan foods
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The team concluded that zinc reduces ‘oxidative stress and damage to DNA’ that helps protect against chronic diseases.
It’s not just a zinc deficiency that can cause a problem. If you consume too much zinc, this can reduce the amount of copper the body can absorb, so don’t take more than 25mg a day unless advised by your doctor.
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