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The Best Foods for Zinc – Why we need this nutrient and ways to include it in our diet

Zinc is an important nutrient that our bodies need in order to stay in optimal health. In this episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio, you will discover the best ways to incorporate it into your daily diet. Enjoy!

The Best Foods for Zinc

 

Authentic Nutrients – All about Zinc

What do asparagus, pumpkin seeds, and yogurt all have in common? They are good sources of zinc, a nutrient that our bodies need in order for us to stay healthy. Zinc is important for helping our blood sugar stay balanced. It’s also responsible for stabilizing our metabolic rate and strengthening our immune system. Studies have shown that zinc is responsible for regulating many genetic activities. It’s also important for helping us maintain a healthy sense of taste and smell.

How do you know if you need more zinc in your diet? If you tend to get sick a lot, feel depressed, and have a lack of an appetite, you may be deficient in zinc. You can also tell if you need zinc by looking at your nails. If your nails have white spots on them, it’s time to eat some “zinc-rich” foods, like the ones mentioned below:

  • Swiss chard
  • Green peas
  • Summer squash
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Asparagus
  • Yogurt
  • Broccoli
  • Collard greens
  • Sesame seeds

Nutrition Nibble: Getting enough Zinc

Zinc is important for helping to balance our blood sugar levels, boosting our immune system, and stabilizing our metabolic rate. It’s also been shown to help prevent depression, colds and flus, and an unhealthy lack of appetite. Look for zinc in authentic foods like crimini mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, chard, collard greens, pumpkin seeds, and broccoli. It’s also found in sesame seeds and mustard seeds. Be sure you aren’t overdoing it on the zinc. A bitter taste in the mouth can indicate zinc toxicity in addition to cramps, nausea, and vomiting. If you decide to supplement with zinc, see your local natural health practitioner to learn how much is right for you.