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Are you having enough zinc? Nutritionist on who needs to monitor intake

Published on Mar 30, 2024 06:00 AM IST
  • From pregnant and breastfeeding women to vegetarians, here are people who need to pay extra attention to their zinc needs.
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Ensuring sufficient zinc intake is important for various groups, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, growing children, vegetarians, and individuals with certain health conditions. Here's why these populations require extra attention to meet their zinc needs. "Zinc is a powerhouse nutrient crucial for various bodily functions. Here are 6 groups who often need to pay extra attention to their zinc intake," says Nutritionist Bhakti Arora Kapoor.  expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 30, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Ensuring sufficient zinc intake is important for various groups, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, growing children, vegetarians, and individuals with certain health conditions. Here's why these populations require extra attention to meet their zinc needs. "Zinc is a powerhouse nutrient crucial for various bodily functions. Here are 6 groups who often need to pay extra attention to their zinc intake," says Nutritionist Bhakti Arora Kapoor. 

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Vegetarians and vegans: Plant-based diets may lack zinc-rich animal sources, so focus on seeds, nuts, legumes, and whole grains.   (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 30, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Vegetarians and vegans: Plant-based diets may lack zinc-rich animal sources, so focus on seeds, nuts, legumes, and whole grains.   (Shutterstock)

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The elderly: Aging can impair zinc absorption, leading to deficiencies. Prioritize zinc-rich foods like fortified cereals, dairy, and lean meats.   (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The elderly: Aging can impair zinc absorption, leading to deficiencies. Prioritize zinc-rich foods like fortified cereals, dairy, and lean meats.   (Shutterstock)

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Pregnant and lactating women: Zinc needs increase during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Include zinc-rich foods like chickpeas, tofu, and dairy for a healthy pregnancy.  (Getty Images/iStockphoto) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Pregnant and lactating women: Zinc needs increase during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Include zinc-rich foods like chickpeas, tofu, and dairy for a healthy pregnancy.  (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Women on/off birth control: Hormonal changes can affect zinc levels. Ensure adequate intake through foods like spinach, mushrooms, and seafood.  (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Women on/off birth control: Hormonal changes can affect zinc levels. Ensure adequate intake through foods like spinach, mushrooms, and seafood.  (Freepik)

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Those fighting illness: Zinc supports immune function, crucial when battling sickness. Load up on zinc-rich foods like poultry, eggs, and beans.  (Unsplash/@foodiesfeed) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Those fighting illness: Zinc supports immune function, crucial when battling sickness. Load up on zinc-rich foods like poultry, eggs, and beans.  (Unsplash/@foodiesfeed)

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Individuals with digestive disorders: Conditions like Crohn's or celiac disease can impair zinc absorption. Opt for zinc-fortified foods and consider supplements under guidance.  (ISTOCK) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 30, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Individuals with digestive disorders: Conditions like Crohn's or celiac disease can impair zinc absorption. Opt for zinc-fortified foods and consider supplements under guidance.  (ISTOCK)

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