Average Requirements and Population Reference Intakes for Zinc
Values for Infants, Children, and Adults
AgeAverage Requirement
(mg/day)
Population Reference Intake
(mg/day)
0 – 6 months . . . . . .
7 – 11 months2.42.9
1 – 3 years 3.6 4.3
4 – 6 years 4.6 5.5
7 – 10 years 6.2 7.4
11 – 14 years 8.9 10.7
15 – 17 years M 11.8 14.2
15 – 17 years F 9.9 11.2
Adults M 9.5 11.7*
Adults (F) 7.0 7.6*
Pregnancy +1.3** . . .
Lactation +2.4** . . .
* at phytate intake level 600 mg/d
** in addition to the average requirements for non-pregnant, non-lactating women
Source: (1) EFSA Journal 2014;12(10):3844, (2) Dietary Reference Values EFSA Sumary Report 2017
M - male, F - female