- You’re probably at least vaguely aware that zinc is an important nutrient to include in your diet. But do you know exactly how zinc lends support in the body?
- Men and women have different zinc needs—so it’s useful to understand the best way to meet your daily intake.
Zinc is a mineral that supports a variety of systems in the body, including immune, bone and vision support. Zinc also—fun fact!—plays a role in taste and smell.* (1,2,3)
Not getting enough zinc into your system can lead to shortfalls—which is why getting the right amount of zinc is so important.
But what, exactly, is the right amount? (And can you get enough through diet alone?)
How much zinc do you really need?
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for zinc (or the recommended amount of zinc needed each day) depends on age and gender. Children 9-13 years have the same daily zinc needs, regardless of gender—while adult women over 18 have lower recommended daily intakes (8mg) than males in their age group (11mg). That means men may need a little more help in the zinc department—which is where a multivitamin can come in handy.* (1)