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 nationsNA2022-02-22T05:00:00Z8.5000000000000056.9000000000000421.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover the role of zinc in the body and how to get enough in your diet.</p><h2>What is zinc and what does it do?</h2><p>Zinc is a nutrient that is found in a variety of foods. Zinc helps to strengthen the immune system and heal wounds. It supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, infancy, childhood and adolescence.</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 eat a well-balanced diet with a variety of foods containing zinc typically do not need a zinc supplement.</li></ul><h2>References</h2><p>Government of Canada. Dietary Reference Intakes. Retrieved from <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/healthy-eating/dietary-reference-intakes/tables/reference-values-elements-dietary-reference-intakes-tables-2005.html">https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/healthy-eating/dietary-reference-intakes/tables/reference-values-elements-dietary-reference-intakes-tables-2005.html</a>.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/INM_NRC_track1-8-7_illustration_food_zinc.jpgMain

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