Zinc aids in the production, repair, and functioning of DNA. It supports your immune system, maintains your sense of taste and smell, and heals wounds. In women, zinc works with more than 300 different enzymes in the body to keep things working well. Without it, your cells can not divide properly; your estrogen and progesterone levels can get out of balance and your reproductive system may not be fully functioning. Low levels of zinc have been directly linked to miscarriage in the early stages of a pregnancy, according to The Centers for Disease Control’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Report. In men, zinc is considered one of the most important trace minerals to date for male fertility; increasing zinc levels in infertile men has been shown to boost sperm levels; improve the form, function and quality of male sperm and decrease male infertility. Zinc is an essential nutrient that plays a role in infant growth and development as well so it’s important to get enough of while breastfeeding. Best Sources: Oysters, beef, lamb, venison, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, lentils, turkey, garbanzo beans, shrimp. Zinc can be damaged by cooking so it is important to eat some foods high in zinc in their raw forms.