6 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Zinc

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When you think about zinc, you probably imagine blistering summer days and a thick layer of zinc oxide protecting your nose. But zinc is more than just an extra-strength sunscreen. It's an essential element of your diet, needed for proper cell division and immune function.

While most children and adults get enough zinc through diet alone, vegetarians and adults over age 60 are at risk for zinc deficiency, says Emily Ho, PhD, director of the Moore Family Center For Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, and Preventative Health at Oregon State University.

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