The Many Superpowers of Zinc
We're thrilled to announce our newest KidsLuv flavor, Beary, Berry — and it includes zinc!
Zinc is a mineral found in various foods (and Beary, Berry KidsLuv!). Let's learn more about this super mineral.
It is vital for a child's normal growth and development, including their height, reproductive organs, brain, gut health, and plays a role in the normal functioning of the immune system and many other processes. Getting the right amount of zinc is essential for keeping the immune system and supporting a balanced systemic response.
Symptoms of a zinc deficiency in children may include:
- physical growth
- failure to thrive
- cognition issues
- lack of appetite
- lack of alertness and focus
- depressed immune functioning
Zinc deficiency causes stunted growth since zinc is involved in protein metabolism, DNA and RNA synthesis, neurotransmission, and many other functions.
Research shows that a zinc deficiency is linked to decreased growth and concluded that zinc consumption improved growth hormone secretion in children aged 3 to 16 years. Further, it showed that zinc supplementation was more effective in children with low BMI (body mass index) than normal BMI.
Zinc is also a critical factor in supporting immune system function, antioxidant properties, and keeping a healthy inflammation response. You can obtain adequate zinc through a well-balanced diet of various foods.
Those foods include:
- red meat
- potatoes with skins
- baked beans
- pumpkin seeds
The Recommended Dietary Allowance for Zinc is:
- 0–6 months: 2 mg
- 7–12 months: 3 mg
- 1–3 years: 3 mg
- 4–8 years: 5 mg
- 9–13 years: 8 mg
- 14–18 years: 11 mg (male); 9 mg (female)
The research concluded that zinc supplementation in children improves specific growth outcomes, with more substantial effects of supplementation in children after age two years. If taking a zinc supplement, then take it with food since it can upset the tummy without food.
We're thrilled that you can find zinc in our newest KidsLuv flavor, Beary, Berry!
Always discuss with your health care provider before starting any new food or supplement regimen.
Nancy Guberti is a Functional Medicine Specialist, Nutritionist, Author,
and passionate about empowering others to become their health advocate.
She is the founder of Total Wellness Empowerment Membership & Podcast,
Look and Feel Great Method, and Raising Achievers & Givers: Positively
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Effects of zinc supplementation on catch-up growth in children with failure to thrive
Effect of Zinc Supplementation on Growth Outcomes in Children under 5 Years of Age