Zinc is an essential nutrient that cannot be produced and stored by the body; thus it is necessary to obtain it from food sources. Zinc can be obtained from plant-based and animal-based food sources such as oysters, beef, lobster, fish, beans, chickpeas, and almonds.

Health Functions
Zinc is involved in cellular metabolism, DNA synthesis, and cell division. Zinc is therefore required for normal growth and development. This element is known for enhancing the immune system, reducing inflammation, and speeding up wound healing. Zinc can also treat diarrhea, acne, and common colds.

Disease Risk Reduction
Since zinc can help reduce inflammation, it can also reduce the risk for cancer, heart disease, and mental disorders.

Groups at Risk
Individuals who are at risk for zinc deficiency include those with gastrointestinal diseases, people with vegan and vegetarian diets, pregnant and lactating women, people with sickle cell disease, and those with alcoholism. Zinc deficiency symptoms include impaired immune function, retarded growth, and loss of appetite.

Intake Recommendations
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 8-11 milligrams for adults.

7D VARIETY Recommendations
A cup of Energy Dates can provide you 5% of the recommended daily intake. It may not be as high as other sources such as dairy, dark chocolates, and nuts but Energy Dates contains higher zinc content than most fruits. 7D VARIETY recommends you to consume an adequate amount of zinc by following a balanced diet.