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What You Need To Know About Zinc

  1. Zinc is a natural deodorizer. Whether it's odor from your feet, underarms, or breath, zinc can help to reduce a foul smell.

  2. Caffeine can interfere with zinc absorption, so don't drink caffeine within 2 hours of taking your zinc.

  3. Zinc can reduce the replication of viruses, thus boosting the immune system.

  4. Zinc can promote healing in the body, so if you've had an injury or surgery, it may reduce recovery time.

  5. Zinc displaces copper in the body, so if you're taking zinc, make sure that you're eating plenty of copper-rich foods like green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate or shiitake mushrooms. You may be getting copper from your multivitamin, but if you're taking what I call "Grocery Store Vitamins", they likely contain fillers, and are difficult to absorb. Click here to see my favorite multivitamin under the "Top Three" Protocol.

  6. The recommended daily amount of zinc is 8 milligrams for women, and 11 milligrams for men.

Always talk to your doctor before making changes to your health regimen, and research potential drug interactions and side effects.

Kelly Cullen is a Naturopath and Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. She owns Pleasant Wellness in Mount Pleasant, MI and is passionate about leading people toward better health, Naturally.

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