8 Key Minerals Essential for Boosting Immunity

#2. ZINC

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Although needed in minuscule amounts, zinc is still essential in normal cell division, growth, and repair, for the immune system, too, and for the development of the reproductive organs and hormones – oysters are a great source of zinc, hence their reputation for being an aphrodisiac.

Zinc also helps regulate moods and appetite, including the sense of taste and smell, and assists in the breakdown of carbs, proteins, and fats.

SOURCES

Fish and shellfish, lean red meat, poultry, wholegrains, wheat germ, nuts (especially Brazils), seeds, haricot and soy beans, eggs, and dairy produce.