Z is for Zinc


Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.

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Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Zinc is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter drugs sold as cold remedies.

Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism. It is required for the catalytic activity of approximately 100 enzymes and it plays a role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescenceand is required for proper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system.


I recently found a podcast called “Food Heals Nation” which appealed to me greatly. The first episode I listened to was called “Cure the Common Cold Naturally” and I found it fascinating and I immediately subscribed to this podcast and began downloading all previous episodes I highly recommend it if you are at all interested in living a more natural lifestyle and learning more about why that might be a good idea. The hosts are fun and interesting to listen to and – probably the biggest, best feature for me – not preachy! There is a lot of information about being vegan and happy, healthy families but, if you aren’t vegan and/or don’t have a family, you can still listen and learn a lot, without feeling pressured into a whole new lifestyle! I will say, however, that it is certain female-centric. Men can listen and learn, but I think women will probably relate a bit more to the content.

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