You probably know that zinc is important for your immune system, but did you also know that it can affect your taste and sense of smell? Zinc supplementation has been shown to benefit people with taste disorders where zinc deficiency is the main cause. Zinc deficiency is also associated with things such as hair loss, anorexia, male infertility, depression, certain skin conditions, diarrhea, and age-related macular degeneration. It's important for growth and development, wound healing, and so much more.
What foods have zinc in them?
Things like beef, chicken, crab, beans, cashews, wild rice, yogurt, and chickpeas are all good sources.
The minimum supplement dose would be 2mg/day. However age, certain conditions, and medications can all change the dosage requirements, so always talk to your ND about the right dose for you. It is possible to take too much which can result in toxicity symptoms, copper and iron interactions in the body and neurological complications so caution is warranted.