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Good sources of Zinc?

a doctor suggested zinc as part of an overall health routine-- what are some good options?

Wed. May 9, 7:47am

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"a" doctor, or your doctor? didn't this doctor provide you with a list or some reference material / sources to find out how to get more zinc into your diet? this doctor just told you that zinc is "suggested as part of an overall health plan", meaning you might benefit from some zinc in your diet, or did this doctor tell you to INCREASE the amount of zinc you are currently getting from your diet?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007, 9:27 AM

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9:27- I suggest eating, maybe your blood sugar is low. Some light exercise, a walk perhpas, will help improve your mood.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007, 9:28 AM

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look, i'm tired of reading comments that are written purely to be superior in some fashion. the above poster did not even comment on the topic, just left a snide remark. there is nothing wrong with the questions asked by the 927 poster. they are legitimate questions as i read them.

oysters are high in zinc. you should do a google search for an extensive amount of sites to gather more info about foods rich in zinc. there's a great site called "the world's healthiest foods" which has a plethura of info.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007, 9:42 AM

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According to, green peas are a vegetable high in zinc. Pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds also contain zinc. Tenderloin and lamb also are very high in zinc. I have linked to the whfoods page for a complete list.

I'd be curious how well zinc supplements work, the jury is out on that I guess.


Wednesday, May 09, 2007, 9:53 AM

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From whfoods page- health benefits of zinc

this was particularly interesting to me on the whfoods info page on zinc:

What health conditions require special emphasis on zinc?
Zinc may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:

* Acne
* Alcoholism
* Alopecia
* Alzheimer's disease
* Anorexia nervosa
* Atopic dermatitis
* Benign prostatic hypertrophy
* Cervical dysplasia
* Common cold
* Crohn's disease
* Diabetes
* Epilepsy
* Graves' disease
* Herpes simplex
* Infertility (male)
* Inflammatory bowel diseases
* Influenza
* Macular degeneration
* Osteoarthritis
* Psoriasis
* Rheumatoid arthritis
* Seborrheic dermatitis
* Senile cataracts

Wednesday, May 09, 2007, 9:56 AM

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well, one could also state that "zinc MAY PLAY A ROLE" in obesity, bipolar, fatigue, athtritis and gout. what this means is "it MAY or it MAY NOT." once reliable research is conducted, there will be more of an answer as to whether or not any of these afflictions can be prevented or treated by zinc. and the statement does not define how much zinc or from what sources the zinc is most beneficial. it's like those advertised sales that state that everything in the store will be marked down "up to 50%". that means that nothing will be marked down more than 50 %. it doesn't mean that it all will be 50 % off.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007, 10:01 AM

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You can do a search at NutritionData for any nutrient or several, within particular or all food groups and use limiters (like "low in cholesterol") by volume, or by calorie.

For a simple zinc in all food groups per 200 calories, it looks like oysters are far and away the highest source (many times the RDA). Be careful though, it's possible to get too much of certain minerals + oysters might have contamination problems.

Cooked napa cabbage! is next. Probably hard to eat enough napa to get a zinc OD.

Have you tried running your diet through an analysis program (online ones at and to see if your diet is actually low on zinc? If you get too high on some minerals, it throws the availability of others off, and minerals in excess can be toxic. Reasons that mineral supplementation in the absence of a diagnosed deficiency are generally recommended against.


Wednesday, May 09, 2007, 1:41 PM

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The best source of zinc is oysters. Beef and other red meats are good sources of zinc. Whole grains are sources of zinc, though commercial processing techniques usually slough off the the bran and germ portions of the grain, where zinc is mostly located. Legumes and nuts are also good sources.

Monday, September 24, 2007, 1:37 PM

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pine nuts are very high in zinc. zinc is a natural way to increase a (man's) libido and performance. that's the reason oysters are touted as an aphrodisiac-not because of their texture/appearance, but for the increase of zinc in the man's system and his increased drive...

Monday, September 24, 2007, 2:11 PM

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The above list is crazy, almost everything anyone has could be on any kind of list. I have 3 things on the above list and never has any of my specialists said I should take more zinc. And why does the OP need to eat a certain kind and amount of food. Zinc is available in tons of different tablets that you just let dissolve in your mouth. Go out and buy a $3 box of zinc tablets. Did the doc say why you should have more zinc in your diet?

Monday, September 24, 2007, 7:54 PM

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