ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition

Zinc (Zn) is an essential mineral element for human health. Adequate intake of Zn has been found necessary to enhance physical growth and decrease morbidity and mortality in children. Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism. It is required for the catalytic activity of approximately 100 enzymes and it plays a role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence and is required for proper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system.

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