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ZincZZincZincEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NADigestive systemHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZTheresa Couto, RD;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE;Francy Pillo-Blocka RD, FDC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover the role of zinc in the body.</p><p></p><figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/INM_NRC_track1-8-7_illustration_food_zinc.jpg" alt="Milk products and alternatives and meats and alternatives containing zinc" /> </figure> <p>Zinc strengthens the immune system, helps to heal wounds and helps with normal growth and development.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Zinc strengthens the immune system and helps wounds heal.</li> <li>It is mostly found in yogurt, cheese, legumes, seafood and red meat.</li> <li>Healthy people who follow <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/canada-food-guides.html" target="_blank">Canada's Food Guide</a> do not need a zinc supplement, but speak to a doctor if your child has Crohn's disease or celiac disease.</li></ul>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/INM_NRC_track1-8-7_illustration_food_zinc.jpg

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