Nutrition Nibble: Getting enough Zinc

Zinc is important for helping to balance our blood sugar levels, boosting our immune system, and stabilizing our metabolic rate. It’s also been shown to help prevent depression, colds and flus, and an unhealthy lack of appetite. Look for zinc in authentic foods like crimini mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, chard, collard greens, pumpkin seeds, and broccoli. It’s also found in sesame seeds and mustard seeds. Be sure you aren’t overdoing it on the zinc. A bitter taste in the mouth can indicate zinc toxicity in addition to cramps, nausea, and vomiting. If you decide to supplement with zinc, see your local natural health practitioner to learn how much is right for you.