Zinc was first identified as an element in 1746, but known to the Greeks and Romans before 20BC. Metallic zinc was first produced in India sometime in the 1400s by heating the mineral calamine (ZnCO3) with wool. Zinc was rediscovered by Andreas Sigismund Marggraf in 1746 by heating calamine with charcoal. Zinc is the second-most-abundant trace mineral in your body — after iron — and is present in every cell. Zinc is necessary for the activity of over 300 enzymes that aid in metabolism, digestion, nerve function and many other processes.


Zinc is needed for the proper growth and maintenance of the human body. It is called an “essential trace element” because very small amounts of zinc are necessary for human health. It is found in several systems and biological reactions, and it is needed for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function, and much more. Since the human body does not store excess zinc, it must be consumed regularly as part of the diet. Meats, seafood, dairy products, nuts, legumes, and whole grains offer relatively high levels of zinc.


  • May help support healthy immune system
  • May help support healthy bacteria
  • May help support promote healthy skin
  • May help curb diarrhea