Zinc (Zn) and sports

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Zinc is an essential trace element of our body. It plays a significant role in cell multiplication.

Where to find zinc?

Zinc is mainly found in oysters, cheese, beef.

Zinc and sports

Zinc is involved in protein synthesis, energy production, DNA and RNA synthesis, cell growth, certain antioxidant enzymes.

Athletes have increased needs in zinc, but deficiencies are rare.

Needs in Zinc

Needs amount to around 7 to 14mg / day in sedentary individuals, and around 12 to 15mg / day in endurance athletes.

Zinc absorption is moderate, approximately 30% of the intake, and zinc of animal origin is better absorbed than zinc of vegetable origin

 

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