General Wellness

Zinc: The Mighty Mineral

Zinc is an essential mineral found in yogurt, nuts, and seeds.

Not only is Zinc one of the most widely used metals in the world, it’s also an essential nutrient for our bodies! Often overlooked, it plays an important role in immune and cell health.* In this article, we’ll discuss how to get more of this mighty mineral, as well as why you need zinc, and what zinc does for your body.

What is zinc good for?

Zinc is a trace mineral, which means you only need small amounts. However, those small amounts do an incredible amount of work in your body. Zinc is critical for many systems in your body. This small but mighty mineral is important for your body to function.* Most zinc in your body is stored in your muscle and bones.

What does zinc do for the body?

While Zinc is involved in a wide variety of processes in your body, some benefits of zinc include:

  • Immune health: Zinc provides immune support.*
  • Cellular support: All the cells in your body need zinc. From development, all the way through to aging, zinc is important for providing cellular support.*

How much zinc should I take?

The Daily Value for zinc is 11 mg per day, which is the amount recommended of each nutrient that meets the needs of most people. You’ll find the Daily Value on the back of food and supplement packages, if present. However how much zinc you need depends on your age, gender and life stage. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions about how much zinc you need daily.

What foods are high in zinc?

While the best sources of zinc are found in oysters and meat, there are many plant-based sources of zinc too! Here are some examples of how to get more zinc with common animal-based and plant-based foods:

FoodServing SizeAmount of zinc (mg)
Oysters, steamed1 cup67
Beef, ground, cooked3 oz3.6
Beef, flank steak, cooked3 oz4.8
Lamb chop, cooked3 oz2.3
Chicken breast, roasted1 breast0.97
Chicken thigh, stewed1 thigh1.86
Sunflower seeds, shelled1 ounce1.48
Black beans1/2 cup0.71
Pumpkin seeds, shelled1 ounce2.14
Cheddar cheese1 ounce1.04
Almonds1 ounce0.89
Feta cheese1 ounce0.81
Ready to eat Cereal, fortified with zinc1 serving2.2-11
Greek yogurt6 oz0.88

Zinc is also found in supplements. Because zinc is an essential nutrient, many multivitamins include zinc. You can also find zinc in other supplements like vitafusion™ Power Zinc.

What zinc supplements and gummies are available?

If you are looking for a tasty gummy with zinc, check out these vitafusion™ options:

  • Power Zinc: These delicious strawberry tangerine-flavored gummies provide high-potency zinc for immune support in every serving.*
  • Multi + Immune: The benefits of a daily multivitamin plus immune support all in one delicious tangerine and strawberry-tasting gummy serving.*
  • Women’s Multivitamin: Provides a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, including zinc, for energy metabolism and immune support with berry flavors.*
  • Men’s Multivitamin: Crafted to help support cellular energy while providing immune and muscle support with delicious fruit flavors.*

If you are looking for cellular or immune support – look to zinc! Found in a variety of foods and supplements, zinc is a mighty mineral essential for health.*

Brought to you by the vitafusion™ nutrition experts.