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.
Animal/seafood: red meat and poultry, shell fish (oysters, crab, lobster), eggs
Foods High in Zinc
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).