Zinc is a mineral that's vital
to your body . . . and not just to the thinking part of it! If you don't get
enough of an essential vitamin or mineral, that's called a deficiency. In kids,
zinc deficiency can harm the body's natural defenses against disease. Or it can
It can even limit how well the brain works. As many as two-thirds of school
children in Thailand and one-third of Chinese preschoolers may get too little
zinc. The problem is much less in the United States, where about 6 percent of
girls and 10 percent of boys don't get enough zinc.
So, how can you make
sure you get enough zinc from your diet? Good sources are oysters, beef, pork,
liver, dried beans and peas, whole grains, fortified cereals, nuts, milk, cocoa
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