How much zinc should you take?
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is how much zinc can be taken without causing negative side effects in the majority of people. Here is the RDA of zinc:
In addition to food, the following supplements are great sources of zinc:
- Zinc sulfate
- Zinc gluconate
- Zinc acetate
How do you know if you aren’t getting enough zinc?
In most cases, a zinc deficiency has symptoms, such as:
- Loss of appetite
- Growth retardation
- Decreased immune function
In addition, a few groups of people are at higher risk of developing a zinc deficiency. For instance, here are the at-risk groups:
- Women who are pregnant or lactating
- People with GI or other diseases
- Sickle cell disease patients
- People with alcoholism