Found in every cell in the body, zinc is an essential mineral required for healthy metabolism. The body needs zinc to prevent infection and to promote healthy muscle recovery after exercise. The production of DNA and of protein involves zinc. Although the amount of zinc we need in our daily diet is tiny, it's very important that we get it because the body lacks a zinc storage system. If you have enough zinc, you have more energy, better endurance, and greater capacity to use oxygen during exercise (VO2 max). Too much zinc can reduce levels of HDL and may contribute to unwanted weight loss. Many cold remedies contain zinc because it boosts the immune system. But be careful how much zinc you use; too much can hurt your immune system. InsideTracker will tell you what your zinc levels should be based on your age, gender, ethnicity, activity level, and lifestyle. And if your level is too high or too low, InsideTracker will recommend diet, exercise, lifestyle, and supplement changes to help you optimize your zinc level.show more
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