Zinc is an essential mineral as the body neither produces, nor stores it. It is necessary for proper immune function. Zinc is a component of more than two hundred enzymes in the body, chemicals that do everything from digesting food to healing wounds; zinc is required for protein synthesis and cell growth which are vital to the healing process. It is effective in the muscles, bones, skin, kidneys, liver, pancreas, eyes and prostate. It also contributes to taste and smell. It is abundant in all protein foods: meat, dairy, beans, nuts and seeds, particularly pumpkin seeds.