Zinc is an essential trace element which plays an important role in many enzymes of our body. Our body contains 2-3 grams of zinc. It has been found to be present in the hormone insulin. It plays an essential role in the formation of DNA and RNA. It aids in the healing of burns and wounds.
· It plays a vital role in growth and cell division especially during pregnancy and prevents congenital abnormalities and premature delivery.
· It plays an important role in maintaining fertility in males.
· It provides immunity to our body.
· It helps in healing cuts, wounds, acne and rashes.
· It is important for healthy vision and prevents night blindness and cataracts.
Seafoods, meat, eggs are good sources of Zinc. Milk and milk products, whole cereals, pumpkin seeds, cashewnuts, spinach, legumes contain considerable amounts.
· Stunted growth.
· Loss of appetite.
· Dry and rough skin.
· Dull brittle hair.
· Brittle nails with white spots.
· Loss of memory.
· Reduced sense of taste and smell.
· Delayed healing of wounds.
· Frequent infections and acne.
· Diarrhoea and pneumonia can be fatal.