Zinc is an essential trace mineral, meaning your body requires the mineral from your diet but only in small amounts. However, zinc is found in nearly every cell and is the second most common trace mineral in the body following iron, which works similarly within the body.
Used by more than 100 enzymes, zinc plays an important role in a variety of metabolic processes including those relating to insulin release, thyroid hormone, growth, blood clotting, taste, vision and smell, immunity, and reproduction. Zinc also has antioxidant properties and helps strengthen cell membranes against damage from free radicals.
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