Zinc is a trace mineral, meaning that the body only needs small amounts, and yet it is necessary for almost 100 enzymes to carry out vital chemical reactions.
Zinc is important for a variety of reasons. It supports the following:
our immune system
our bodies to make proteins and DNA (the genetic material in all cells)
our senses of taste and smell
growth and development during pregnancy, as a baby and as a child.
The amount of zinc you need each day depends on your age.