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What is zinc used for?

Dr. Nancy Munoz
Nutrition & Dietetics
Zinc and wound healing.

Zinc supplementation to promote wound healing is a controversial topic. Current Research has not supported the effect of zinc supplementation in wound healing. For people with actual zinc deficiency, zinc supplementation is appropriate to correct the deficit. Over consumption of zinc can interfere with copper absorption (both nutrients compete to combine with protein molecules) possibly contributing to the development of anemia. Individuals with anemia potentially have a decreased amount of oxygen delivered to wound site, thus impairing wound healing.

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