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United States Department of Agriculture

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Zinc is an essential mineral that has many functions in the human body. You can get your zinc from many foods, such as oysters (6 medium), 76.28 mg; beef, top sirloin, broiled (3 oz.), 4.97 mg; and peanuts, dry roasted (1 oz.), 0.94 mg. (Source: USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 14.) ARS scientists are studying how zinc gets transported throughout the body and how iron supplements might affect zinc absorption.

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