Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™
What is Zinc and why is it important?
A: Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in
foods. The human body has approximately 2-3 grams of zinc which is found throughout the body but
notably in the prostate, liver, eyes, bones and hair. It is an essential part of more than 200
enzymes involved in digestion, metabolism, reproduction (sperm formation), and wound healing. The
body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. During
pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly. Zinc plays
an important role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell
division. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and
adolescence and is required for proper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is
required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system.Zinc
is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter products sold as cold
2. Who may benefit from Zinc supplementation?
A: Although uncommon, zinc deficiencies have been linked to loss
of appetite, poor growth, acne and unhealthy skin, mental lethargy, delayed wound healing,
recurrent infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, macular degeneration and reproductive challenges.
Certain groups of people are more likely than others to have trouble getting enough zinc, such as
vegans and vegetarians because they do not eat meat, which is a good source of zinc; they
typically eat high amounts of legumes and whole grains, which contain phytates that bind zinc and
inhibit its absorption. As a result they may need as much as 50% more zinc than the recommended
amounts. Also, people on vegetarian or vegan diets are often the most afflicted with zinc/copper
imbalance. Others that can benefit from zinc supplementation are those looking to support their
immune system, healthy skin and eyes, prostate health and wound healing.
3. What are dietary sources of Zinc?
A: Zinc is found in many foods. Oysters are the richest source
however they are not typically consumed on a regular basis. Good food sources include beans,
nuts, whole grains and dairy products. Phytates present in whole grains, cereals, legumes bind
zinc and inhibit its absorption. The bioavailability of zinc from grains and plant foods is lower
than that of animal foods. Animal sources such as meat and poultry tend to be absorbed better
than plant sources. To ensure a consistent supply of this important mineral a whole food
supplement is recommended.
4. What is Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™?
A: Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ is a high potency whole food
zinc formula that provides 30mg and 200% of the Daily Value for zinc, plus 100% of the Daily
Value for vitamin C. RAW Zinc™ features a RAW Veggie Mineral Blend of 17 RAW, organically
grown vegetables with 75 ancient soil-based alkalizing trace minerals and a RAW Probiotic and
Enzyme Blend for optimal digestion.† Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ formula
supports immune system function, healthy wound recovery and DNA synthesis, plus skin, eye and
5. What is the Recommended Daily Value for Zinc?
A: Zinc recommended Daily Value for adults is 15mg. Optimal daily
intake is between 30 and 50mg, but the average daily intake in the U.S. is only 10mg.
6. How much Zinc does Vitamin Code® RAW
A: RAW Zinc™ provides 30mg of RAW Food-Created Zinc, 200% of
the recommended Daily Value.
7. What other nutrients does Vitamin Code®
A: RAW Zinc™ also includes 60mg (100% DV) of RAW Food-
Created vitamin C.
8. What are the benefits of vitamin C in the
VitaminCode® RAW Zinc™ formula?
A: It makes sense to include Vitamin C in a Zinc formula, as some
of their important functions have the same goal in terms of benefits; for instance, both support
the immune system, are great for skin health and healthy wound recovery.†Vitamin C is
integral to building and maintaining collagen, a protein that holds the body’s cells in
place, including blood vessels, therefore supporting healthy blood and a healthy heart. Vitamin C
is a powerful antioxidant that assists the body in fighting against oxidative stress, and is
vital for healthy skin, bones, teeth and gums, energy production and growth.
9. What does the RAW Veggie Mineral Blend include?
A: The RAW Veggie Mineral Blend includes 75 alkalizing trace
minerals from peat, cracked- wall chlorella, spirulina and 17 organic veggie juices.
10. What is Ancient Peat and where does it come from?
A: Modern intensive farming practices have depleted the mineral
content of the soil, so today we are left with a mere fraction of the levels of minerals and
trace minerals found in the soil and hence the foods that we eat. To help solve this problem,
Garden of Life has started to include a unique, low temperature water extraction of naturally
occurring plant deposits buried deep within the strata of rich fertile soil. The pristine surface
provides an ideal buffer from modern commercial chemicals, and the deep strata source has a
natural protection from plant based mineral depletion. We call this unique mineral source
“Ancient Peat”. We use a special cold water extraction method with our Ancient Peat.
The resulting purified mineral powder contains a full spectrum of over 70 minerals and trace
minerals that is RAW, natural and bioavailable.
11. What are Trace Minerals?
A: Most minerals are required by your body for normal and healthy
functions in relatively large amounts ranging between 800 and 1200 milligrams daily. However,
there is a group of minerals that your body also requires and benefits from, but in much smaller
amounts. These are called “Trace Minerals” (alluding to the fractional amounts
required to confer benefits to the body) and they include certain minerals for which a Recommended
Daily Intake (RDI) has been established. These include iron, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, copper,
iodine, chromium and selenium. However, there are approximately 70 additional trace minerals for
which no RDI exists but are commonly understood to confer benefits, including boron and
12. Why do you include Trace Minerals from Ancient Peat
in some of your new RAW formulas?
A: At Garden of Life we take great pride in offering our customers
innovative products. Our RAW products are designed to capture the many benefits of natural
healthy RAW foods. We take time to make sure our premium quality wholefood nutrients are
delivered as food. Additionally we make sure that our formulas also contain the necessary
nutritional cofactors and natural delivery systems for these nutrients. We included Ancient Peat
in some of our new mineral formulas because it delivers some of the elements missing from a
healthy diet and is rich in alkalizing trace minerals. These minerals play an important role in
human health, and help to alkalize the body, assist with absorption and act as cofactors for
enzymes for digestion and utilization of nutrients.
13. What is the RAW Probiotic and Enzyme Blend composed
A: The RAW Probiotic and Enzyme Blend includes the probiotic
Saccharomyces boulardii and the enzymes protease, phytase, beta-glucanase, alpha-galactosidase
and hemicellulase and cellulase; this blend provides probiotics and enzymes to aid
14. What are the Nature-Intended benefits of Vitamin
Code® RAW Zinc™?
A: Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ formula supports immune
system function, healthy wound recovery and DNA synthesis, plus skin, eye and prostate
15. Is Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ Vegan, Dairy
and Gluten Free?
A: Yes, RAW Zinc™ is labeled as vegan, dairy and gluten
16. Does Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ contain Soy?
A: RAW Zinc™ is manufactured in a facility that also
processes soy, therefore it may contain soy.
17. Does Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ contain GMOs?
A: All Garden of Life products are made from Non-GMO ingredients,
and are either currently verified or in the process of verification with the Non-GMO project. RAW
Zinc™ is currently going through the Non-GMO Verified certification. The Non-GMO Project is
a non-profit multi- stakeholder collaboration committed to preserving and building sources of non-
GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.
18. Is Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ Kosher?
A: RAW Zinc™ is not certified Kosher; however it does
contain “Kosher friendly” vegan ingredients (being completely free of dairy, pork and
19. Does Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ contain any
binders or fillers, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives?
A: There are no fillers, binders or artificial ingredients in RAW
20. What are Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ capsules
A: The capsules are made of vegetable cellulose, the structural
component of the primary cell wall mainly of green plants.
21. What is the suggested usage for Vitamin Code®
A: Adults take 2 capsules daily. May be taken with or without
food. Capsules can be opened. Contents can be taken directly with water or raw juices.
22. Are there any cautions or warnings for Vitamin
Code® RAW Zinc™?
A: CAUTION: As with any dietary supplement consult your healthcare
practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, anticipate
surgery, take medication on a regular basis or are otherwise under medical supervision. This
product is not intended for children.
23. Can Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ be taken with
other Vitamin Code® formulas or Garden of Life products?
A: RAW Zinc™ can be taken with other Vitamin Code® or
Garden of Life formulas. You will need to check labels carefully to avoid excessive intakes. In
some people, additional supplementation beyond a multivitamin is important, yet for others it may
provide no additional benefits. It is important that you discuss ALL supplement use with your
health care practitioner, particularly if you have any kind of medical condition. Your healthcare
practitioner should be able to tell you what additional nutritional supplementation is right for
24. Does Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ require
A: No, RAW Zinc™ should be stored in a cool dry place both
before and after opening.
25. What is the shelf life of Vitamin Code® RAW
A: RAW Zinc™ has a 2 year shelf life.
26. How is Vitamin Code® RAW Zinc™ different
from other Zinc supplements?
A: RAW Zinc™ contains RAW Food–Created
Nutrients™ with Code Factors™ and follows all Vitamin Code® quality standards:
RAW – Uncooked, untreated, unadulterated, with no binders or fillers, chemical isolates or
synthetic nutrients. Whole Foods – Living nutrients as nature intended, Live probiotics
and enzymes, and 17 RAW and organically grown vegetables.
27. What is the Suggested Retail Price of Vitamin
Code® RAW Zinc™?
A: RAW Zinc™ is available in a 60ct. Amber Glass Bottle and
has a Suggested Retail Price of $12.95 providing a 30-day supply.