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One cannot go wrong with making sure zinc is found in a multivitamin. Zinc helps with the proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, control of diabetes, reduction of stress levels, energy metabolism, and an increased rate of healing for acne and wounds. Also, zinc is helpful in terms of pregnancy, hair care, eczema, weight loss, night blindness, colds, eye care, appetite loss and many other minor conditions.

Zinc, being an important mineral, plays a vital role in protein synthesis and helps regulate the cell production in the immune system of the human body. Zinc is mostly found in the strongest muscles of the body. Zinc is mostly found in the strongest cells, eye retina, skin, liver, kidneys, bones and pancreas. The semen and prostate gland in men also contain significant amounts of zinc.

In the human body, there are more than 300 different enzymes that require zinc to function normally. Researchers believe that 3000 proteins out of the approximately 100,000 in the body consist predominantly of zinc.

Most multivitamins contain the Daily Value for zine (15 milligrams), but some have more. Too much zinc (more than 40 mg) can make it harder to absorb copper. That includes zinc from foods (like meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, and beans). In a large trial, people who took 80 mg or zinc a day for five years had a higher risk of urinary tract infections, an enlarged prostate, or (in women) stress incontinence.

Look for a multivitamin with no more than 30 mg of zinc.

Source: National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine

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