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Zinc and Women

Published: April 17, 2009

Can extra zinc actually cut women’s risk of diabetes by up to 28 percent?

That’s the surprising finding from Harvard University’s long-running Nurses Health Study.

The mineral, present only in tiny amounts in the body, seems to support a healthy immune system, memory, and motor function.

To zero in on zinc, think red meat and poultry. Beans, nuts, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy products are good sources too. Supplements are also available. Further study will help con-firm—and clarify—how zinc levels influence the risk of developing diabetes.

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