Find out how not getting enough Zinc could be a problem
Below, you'll find out why we need Zinc, where we can source it, and why we need to consume the 'right' amount.
Why do we need Zinc?
Zinc assists in enzyme and protein synthesis, making new cells, processing carbohydrates, fat and protein, and wound healing.
Where can we get Zinc from?
Zinc is available in a variety of foods, such as, tofu, tempeh, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, risen bread, and fortified cereals and meat substitutes.
How much Zinc do we need?
Men aged between 19 and 64 need 9.5mg per day. Women need 7mg per day. This should be obtained through your diet i.e. you shouldn’t be a need to take a Zinc supplement.
What happens if we consume too much Zinc?
Taking an excess of Zinc affects the amount of copper that the body can absorb, which can cause anaemia and weakening of the bones.
“You should be able to get all the zinc you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. If you take zinc supplements, don't take too much as this could be harmful. Don't take more than 25mg of zinc supplements a day unless advised to by a doctor.”
Find out how not getting enough Zinc can be a problem
Find out why too much iron isn't a good thing!
Meet the family doctor who went vegan
Common nutritional questions about going vegan
A nutritionist's guide to going vegan