Chapter 3. Zinc

  1. Conor Reilly BSc, BPhil, PhD, FAIFST1,2

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774786.ch3

The Nutritional Trace Metals

The Nutritional Trace Metals

How to Cite

Reilly, C. (2004) Zinc, in The Nutritional Trace Metals, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470774786.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    Emeritus Professor of Public Health, Queensland, University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

  2. 2

    Visiting Professor of Nutrition, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 NOV 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405110402

Online ISBN: 9780470774786



  • zinc chemistry;
  • zinc absorption;
  • physiological state;
  • diarrhoea in children;
  • metallothionein


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Zinc distribution in the environment

  • Zinc chemistry

  • The biology of zinc

  • Absorption and metabolism of zinc

  • Zinc homeostasis

  • Effects of changes in dietary zinc intakes on tissue levels

  • Effects of zinc deficiency

  • Zinc and the immune system

  • The antioxidant role of zinc

  • Zinc requirements

  • High intakes of zinc

  • Assessment of zinc status

  • Dietary sources and bioavailability of zinc

  • Interventions to increase dietary zinc intake

  • References