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Blended News — Wellness Wednesday

The Big Fuss About Zinc

The Big Fuss About Zinc

We heard on the wire that Zinc supplements are currently in high demand, even selling out in stores, due to Zinc's immune-boosting properties and disease-fighting potential. We don't need to say the C-Virus word here, no one needs that on a Wednesday, but if you follow our e-news you know we love to share the 'why' behind all things nutrition.  If you're new to the Blended For Wellness e-news, welcome.  

Before you race to the store for your supplements, let's get into where it is found naturally in the foods you eat, what will support max absorption of this essential nutrient, and which of our smoothies have an impressive Zinc % of RDI level. 
Zinc is a micronutrient that helps your immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. It also plays an important role in helping the body heal wounds, supports sense of small and taste, and can even boost your mood.  Needless to say, there are a lot of reasons why you want to make sure you're getting enough of this hard-working micronutrient. 

Foods High in Zinc
Animal/seafood: red meat and poultry, shell fish (oysters, crab, lobster), eggs
Plant-based: legumes, nuts, seeds (hemp, flax, chia), whole grains (quinoa and rice), vegetables (spinach, mushrooms, asparagus), cacao. 

Maximizing Your Zinc Absorption 
If you're taking a zinc supplement, take it when eating protein for max absorption: red meat, poultry, fish, tofu, sprouted proteins and legumes are great foods for supporting your body's absorption of zinc. 

Important flag: the protein casein, which is found in dairy products, should be avoided while eating zinc rich foods as casein is an inhibitor for zinc absorption.  We've suggested a few zinc-rich BFY smoothies below, avoid blending with cow milk if that is your usual go-to liquid (when wanting to max zinc absorption). 

If you're wanting more Zinc love in your diet without getting into a supplement? Add any of these blends into your smoothie box:
Maca Energy 
Maca Java
Shroom Energy 
Nutty Chocolate Lover 
Choco-Banana Hero 

Bonus: all the blends above are delicious spooned straight from the pack like 'nice' cream. Like 100%+ Zinc RDI containing nice cream. Click here to easy-shop them all: NUTTY CHOCOLATE BLENDS

Happy Blending!