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When is National Zinc Day? This day will take place on December 1 of each calendar year.

What is National Zinc Day?

Zinc is an essential mineral that supports immune health and helps support children as they grow and develop. Despite its importance, nearly 1 in 5 Americans don’t get enough zinc in their diets, and a staggering 42% of pregnant women aren’t meeting their needs from food alone. Maintaining immune health has never been more important, and getting enough zinc in your foods, beverages, and dietary supplements is key to meeting your needs.

Why is this day being celebrated or observed?

National Zinc Day is being created to increase the awareness of zinc and the importance of supplementation. We want to help consumers to learn more about why zinc is so important to their health and to encourage consumers to get more zinc in their diets. Zinc is an essential nutrient, meaning the body cannot make it in sufficient amounts to meet our needs, so getting zinc in our diets through foods and dietary supplements is crucial. Key groups at risk for zinc inadequacy include vegetarians and pregnant and lactating women.

How should this day be celebrated or observed?

National Zinc Day should be observed by educating consumers virtually on the importance of zinc, where to find it, and how to get it in your diet. Through social media posts and advertisements, we will reach companies and consumers alike.

Who created this day? This day was created in November 2021 by Balchem.