The case for zinc as part of COVID-19 response efforts

Nutrition is essential to fight disease. Sanku & Semilla Nueva offer a series on nutrients and their role in optimal health and immunity for COVID-19 response. In the first issue, we explore zinc’s promising potential in prevention and mitigation.

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Tortillas are the staple of every meal in rural Guatemala — accounting for nearly 50% of the diet. Here, the entire family is ready to enjoy biofortified tortillas with higher zinc, iron, and quality protein content — nutrients key for fighting disease in the face of a pandemic.
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Two young Tanzanian school children bring their favorite brand of fortified flour home for their family. Corn flour accounts for up to 60% of daily calories in the average Tanzanian diet. Sanku adds nutrients to flour based on WHO guidance.
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A Sanku staff member interviews a young family in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and explains the benefits of the nutrients Sanku millers add to corn flour. The nutrients Sanku adds are Iron, Zinc, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid, which are critical for child growth and development as well as maternal health.
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Semilla Nueva staff members are navigating Guatemala’s COVID-19 restrictions to ensure that nutritious, biofortified corn reaches the farmers who need it most.

Nutrition is essential to fight disease. Sanku & Semilla Nueva offer a series on nutrients and their role in optimal health and immunity for COVID-19 response.

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