Zinc Deficiency; Symptoms, Treatment & Zinc Rich Foods

» How much zinc per day?

Daily recommendations of zinc differ according to age, sex, daily activity, the person’s status of health, metabolic and medical conditions. However, the recommended zinc amount according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is as follows:

  • From birth to 6 months: 2 mg
  • Infants from 7 to 12 months: 3 mg
  • Children from 1 to 3 years: 3 mg
  • Children from 4 to 8 years: 5 mg
  • Children from 9 to 13 years: 8 mg
  • Adults from 14 years and older: 11 mg
  • Teen girls from 14 to 18 years: 9 mg
  • Female adults from 19 years and older: 8 mg
  • Pregnant teens from 14 to 18 years: 12 mg
  • Pregnant teens from 14 to 18 years: 13 mg
  • Breastfeeding teens from 14 to 18 years: 11 mg
  • Breastfeeding women from 19 years and older: 12 mg

People at risk of zinc deficiency may need more than the daily zinc recommendation.