A Quick Guide to Zinc - Most Frequently Asked Questions

Feb 05 , 2021

A Quick Guide to Zinc - Most Frequently Asked Questions

What is zinc?

Zinc is an essential trace mineral required for hundreds of enzymatic reactions in the body. It is known to help the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, it helps with normal growth and development. Zinc also helps wound heal, and support taste and smell function.* 

Can I get enough zinc from food?

Yes, as long as you eat a balanced diet. Zinc is found in a wide variety of foods, including the following:

Oysters, which are the best source of zinc.
Red meat, poultry, seafood such as crab and lobsters, and fortified breakfast cereals which are also good sources of zinc.
Beans, nuts, whole grains, and dairy products, which provide some zinc.

Am I getting enough zinc?

Most people in the United States get enough zinc from the foods they eat. However, certain groups of people are more likely than others to have trouble getting enough zinc:


Pregnant and lactating women

Older infants who are exclusively breastfed

People with sickle cell disease


People with gastrointestinal and other diseases

What are Doctor’s Recipes Zinc?

Our Zinc supplements are a dual-zinc formulation. It contains 50 mg of elemental zinc, from zinc picolinate and zinc gluconate.

Is 50 mg of zinc too much?

Our zinc 50 mg is specifically formulated for those who are deficient in Zinc. It is always best to consult your healthcare practitioner regarding all supplement use.

Should I take with or without food?

Zinc supplements are most effective if they are taken at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. However, if zinc supplements cause stomach upset, they may be taken with a meal. You should tell your doctor if you are taking your zinc supplement with meals.

Can I open the capsule to take it?

Yes, you can open it up for use.

Is your zinc supplement for kids?

This zinc supplement is not intended for children.

Can I take zinc with other medicines?

Zinc supplements have the potential to interact with several types of medications, including antibiotics, penicillamine, and diuretics. Consult your doctor before starting to take this or any dietary supplement.

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