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Zinc to stay fit

Have a seat. Our micronutrient du jour is zinc. Oh, you’ll have the special zinc quiz? An excellent choice. Dig in.

health and fitness Updated: May 20, 2010 14:45 IST
Sam McManis
Sam McManis
Hindustan Times
Zinc

Have a seat. Our micronutrient du jour is zinc. Oh, you’ll have the special zinc quiz? An excellent choice. Dig in.

1 Zinc is beneficial in many ways. Which of the following is not one of them?
a) Improves immune response
b) Decreases bad breath
c) Hastens wound healing

2 Zinc deficiency can lead to which of the following conditions?
a) Hypogonadism
b) Hypodermatitis
c) Hypochondria

3 The recommended daily allowance of zinc is 11 milligrams for an adult male, 8 milligrams for an adult female. What is considered the tolerable upper intake level per day?
a) 40 mg
b) 140 mg
c) 400 mg

4 Besides ingesting a limited number of zinc-rich foods, what is one major cause of severe zinc deficiency?
a) Gout
b) Type 2 diabetes
c) Liver disease

5 Which soft-tissue part of the body has the highest concentration of zinc?
a) Gall bladder
b) Prostate
c) Heart

6 Which food boasts a whopping 513 per cent of the daily value for zinc?
a) Olives
b) Oysters
c) Ostrich meat

ANSWERS: 1: b; 2: a; 3: a; 4: c; 5: b; 6: b

Sources: NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ods.od.nih.gov); Linus Pauling Institute (lpi.oregonstate.edu).

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