Zinc is a vital micronutrient, and mammalian metabolic zinc requirements must be met via constant dietary intake. It is a fundamental component of many metalloenzymes involved in cellular functions, metabolic pathways, nucleic acid synthesis, and protein synthesis. Zinc is an essential component for cell replication, specifically in rapidly dividing cells required for regeneration of intestinal mucosa, wound healing, and the continual turnover of epithelial cells in skin, hair, and claws.1,2
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