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Zinc:How To Get Maximum Zinc Absorption  From Your Food/supplement…

Zinc:How to get maximum zinc absorption from your food/supplement…


In this covid pandemic you must have heard about

benefits of zinc & you also might be taking zinc from

food source or from multivitamin supplement. But, is

this zinc actually absorbed in your body?

There are certain nutrients which inhibits zinc absorption and

certain nutrients which helps zinc absorption.

Let us see these nutrients…

  • Iron

Iron is very important for  your body. But it is having

negative effect on your zinc absorption.

To get the best result, don’t take iron and zinc

supplement together. You should at least keep a gape of

3-4 hours between two of them.


  • Phytate

Phytate inhibits absorption of the zinc present in your food.

They are mainly found in SEEDS, GRAINS & LEGUMES.

To reduce the harmful effects of phytate; soaking, sprouting &

fermentation will help. So, whenever you want to take seeds it

is better you soak it for 6-7 hours. Then you can have it to get

the maximum benefit. To know more about benefit of soaking

click here.


  • Histidine & methionine

These are essential amino acids. They are having positive

Effects on the zinc absorption from your food.


Good vegetarian sources of histidine are:

  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Muth beans &
  • Rajma

Good vegetarian sources of methionine are:

  • Gingelly seeds
  • Coconut dry
  • Ragi &
  • Rice

It is very important to take enough

amount of zinc. In addition, it is equally important to make sure that

the zinc you are taking gets absorbed properly in your body.

That’s all for today.

See you next week with another Tuesday Tip.

Till then… Take care….

Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life-

Dr. Bhumita Makwana

Your Dietitian & Homoeopathic physician.


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