Zinc plays an important role in many functions in the body, including the synthesis of serotonin, testosterone regulation, healthy thyroid function, cell division, wound healing, maintaining health and function of the prostate in men, healthy metabolism, memory and concentration, the composition of pancreatic insulin, it helps rebalance your sleep cycle and more..
Your body doesn’t store zinc, so you need to get enough every day to avoid a deficiency.
Some symptoms of deficiency include:
- Appetite loss
- Difficulty tasting properly or loss of taste
- Male infertility
- Poor immune function
- Delayed healing
- Hair loss
- Mood disorders
Some (there are plenty more) Plant-Based Sources of Zinc include:
- Nuts, like walnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans, pine nuts
- Seeds such as chia seeds, flaxseed, ground linseed, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds
- Legumes like chickpeas, lentils, and beans, edamame,
- Tofu, Tempeh
- Oats, brown rice, quinoa and other whole grains.
- Veggies like dandelions, black radish, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, kale, corn and garlic
A tip for maximum bioavailability – Soaking, fermenting and sprouting your zinc rich foods have been to shown to increase bioavailability of the Zinc.