Low on zinc and zing
If you're dragging through your workouts or your workday, your diet may be low in zinc. New research indicates that a zinc deficiency can negatively impact cardiovascular fitness. Published in the May issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study showed that participants were physiologically more challenged by a workload when eating low-zinc diets than when consuming adequate zinc.
Where to get your zinc
Excellent sources of zinc include red meat, oysters, fortified cereals and beans. The recommended zinc intake is 11 milligrams per day for men and 8 milligrams per day for women. But more is not better: Experts advise that you take no more than 40 milligrams per day to avoid zinc toxicity.
Recipes for zinc-rich foods
It's one thing to know which foods are high in zinc, it's another to actually know how to cook them. Here are some delectable recipes featuring foods rich in zinc. Spending a little more time in your kitchen can ensure you get enough zinc and avoid zinc-deficient lethargy.