Zinc is necessary for the proper functioning of the immune system and this essential trace element is required for the activity of over 300 enzymes and is involved in most major metabolic pathways. The immune system depends on zinc in almost every aspect. Zinc deficiency can be common in children with special needs and immune dysfunction. Zinc bolsters the immune system and makes wounds heal faster. It is integral to the growth and maintenance of body tissues and it plays a major role in the development of fetuses and the growth of children. General signs of zinc deficiency are sleep disturbances, diarrhea, poor appetite, unhealthy skin, behavioral problems, inability to heal wounds and chronic infections. Since our bodies utilize picolinic acid to absorb and transport certain minerals, New Beginnings Nutritionals is offering Zinc Picolinate available because of its superior absorbability.