Zinc : Are You Getting Enough In Your Diet?


It can be risky identifying an individual nutritional component as generally ‘deficient’, human nature is that we jump all over it and consume it to excess as a result. Although zinc is indeed one of the most common nutritional shortfalls in the UK diet, so it does need conscious topping up in many people. Vegetarians are at particular risk of deficiency because good sources include red meat such as beef. People who are in their twenties or thirties and are regularly training and sexually active may be at a high risk of deficiency too. So if you feel you may be at risk of zinc deficiency then try to include beef, lamb or turkey, into your diet. Oysters and other shell fish are also very high, in fact just two oysters can cause you to exceed your daily recommended intake of zinc. Also sesame and pumpkin seeds are zinc dense, as well as lentils, cashew nuts, spinach and asparagus (to name a few good examples).

If you feel you may struggle to meet your zinc requirements via the diet, then a vitamin and mineral, or a zinc supplement may be necessary.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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