‘This is necessary for a healthy immune system,’ says Melissa Snover, founder and CEO of Nourished. ‘A lack of zinc can make a person more susceptible to disease and illness.
This essential nutrient helps maintain the body’s ability to make new cells and enzymes, process carbohydrate, fat and protein in food and also increases the speed of healing muscles and wounds. ‘Some evidence also suggests that zinc is helpful in the prevention of colds and viruses and minimises symptoms for allergy and hay fever sufferers.
’ Sounds pretty great to us, but which foods contain copious amounts of zinc? If you’re a meat-eater, good news: red meats are particularly high in zinc, as is shellfish and eggs. Vegans, go for nuts, whole grains and legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans).
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