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8 Best Zinc Supplements for Immune Health

8 Best Zinc Supplements for Immune Health
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Zinc is an essential trace mineral that your body relies on every day to support your overall health and wellbeing. It is possible to get the recommended daily amount of zinc through your diet, but you may wish to take zinc supplements to ensure that your levels of zinc are maintained.

Like many minerals, zinc comes in different forms. When it comes to taking supplements, it can be hard to decide which form of zinc is best for you and your health needs. Discover the eight different types of zinc that you can find in your supplements and explore which zinc supplements are best for you.

Why is Zinc Important?

Zinc is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in supporting immune health.* It also assists with DNA formation, and it is needed for healthy cell growth and division.*

Since your body does not produce or store zinc, it is important to ensure you are eating plenty of zinc-rich foods in your diet.

Some foods rich in zinc include:

  • Shellfish
  • Red meat and poultry
  • Dairy
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Whole grains, including bread

The NHS recommends that men over the age of 19 should receive 9.5mg of zinc per day, while women over 19 should receive 7mg per day.

Regardless of whether you follow a plant-based or meat-eating diet, you may wish to consider incorporating zinc supplements into your routine to ensure that your body is getting the required amount of this essential mineral.

Benefits of Zinc

Zinc provides us with a wide range of health benefits, from skin health to immune support. Discover more about the benefits of zinc below:

  • Zinc supports collagen synthesis, helping to maintain normal, healthy skin.*
  • Zinc supports healthy eyes and vision.*
  • Zinc helps our bodies to process vital nutrients and aids metabolism, turning food into energy.*
  • Zinc is essential in maintaining the normal function of the immune system.*
  • Zinc supports growth and development, helping our bodies to make new cells.*

8 Types of Zinc Supplements

With eight different types of zinc available, it can be hard to know which form of zinc is best for you. Learn about each type of zinc below, and the different kinds that are in our zinc supplements.

1. Zinc Acetate

Zinc acetate is created when zinc oxide is combined with acetic acid to create a salt. This form of zinc is commonly found in zinc lozenges and over-the-counter products.

2. Zinc Glycinate

Zinc glycinate is the combination of zinc and amino acid glycine. Glycine is the smallest essential amino acid. Glycine is combined with zinc to increase absorption in the body.

3. Zinc Gluconate

Zinc gluconate is a combination of zinc and gluconic acid. This type of zinc is the most common kind found at the supermarket and is typically used in lozenges and zinc sprays. Zinc gluconate is the main form of zinc found in our Zinc Gummies and Chelated Zinc supplements.

Our Zinc Gummy supplements contain 30mg of zinc gluconate per serving and are available in a tasty mixed berry flavour. Take two gummies daily to support immune health and skin health.

If you’re looking for a higher dose of zinc, try our Chelated Zinc caplets that contain 50mg of zinc gluconate per serving.

4. Zinc Picolinate

This kind of zinc is made with picolinic acid and is considered one form of zinc that is easier to absorb. It may also be easier to digest compared to other forms.

5. Zinc Citrate

Like magnesium citrate, zinc citrate is made with citric acid. Zinc citrate is a well-absorbed form of zinc that also has a milder taste compared to other forms.

6. Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is a form of zinc that you probably know from chalky white sun cream! Zinc oxide is used topically in sun cream, diaper rash cream, and other skin creams, as well as in clay masks and moisturisers. Zinc oxide is also used in dietary supplements but may not be as bioavailable as zinc gluconate.

Our Vitamin C with Elderberry & Zinc Chewable supplements are made using a combination of zinc oxide and zinc citrate to provide you with immune support*, plus a wealth of other benefits from vitamin C and elderberry.

7. Zinc Sulphate

Zinc sulphate is a form of zinc made with sulphuric acid. It can be taken orally, and it is a common ingredient in eye drops for both humans and dogs.

8. Chelated Zinc

This form of zinc has been attached to a chelating agent. “Chelating” is a way to bond metal ions, which makes zinc more water-soluble and easier to absorb.

Our Chelated Zinc supplements deliver 50mg of zinc gluconate in one caplet, supporting the health of your vision, smell and immune system in one convenient serving.

What is the Best Zinc to Take?

With zinc available in wide variety of formats, it can be difficult to know which type of zinc is best for you.

It is recommended to look for zinc gluconate or zinc picolinate as the main ingredient in your zinc supplements. These forms of zinc are the most bioavailable, meaning that they are easily absorbed into your system.

Chelated zinc supplements are another great option, as the zinc undergoes a bonding process that makes it water-soluble and easier to absorb, helping you to get your daily dose of zinc to support your immune health.*

Discover more immune boosting foods to add to your diet in this article:

Always talk with your healthcare practitioner before taking a new supplement, including this essential mineral!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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