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Zinc

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Zinc is a mineral that is essential for many of the body's normal functions and systems, including the immune system, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function, and the senses of taste and smell.

Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence.

Foods rich in zinc include red meat, poultry, beans, nuts and seafood. Most people do not need zinc supplements and get enough zinc from food.

Follow the links below to find trusted information about zinc.

Last reviewed: April 2017

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