Zinc: Are you deficient?
Zinc is best known for supporting the immune system. Additionally, this mineral is a necessary nutrient for proper digestive function, hormone production and cell division. Zinc is critical to mental and emotional health especially concerning ADHD and autism. Zinc is the number one deficiency among trace minerals and magnesium is the number one deficiency among macro minerals. People with allergies are usually deficient in zinc. The highest concentration of zinc in females is the eyes and ears and in males the prostate and reproductive organs. This essential nutrient should be consumed in small amounts every day in order to maintain overall health.
Common deficiencies of Zinc include:
- Lack of smell and taste
- Poor digestion
- Body odor
- Slow wound healing
- Stretch marks
- Hair loss—poor hair/nail growth
- White spots on nails
- Hearing loss-aging
- Cold extremities
- Low testosterone
- Low immune response/infections
- Hormone imbalances/infertility
Benefits of Zinc:
- Important for taste and smell
- Supports immune function
- Improves testosterone/balances hormones
- Essential for prostate gland
- Acne reduction
- Insulin regulation
- Stomach/digestive function
- Helps with vertigo
- Prevents stretch marks (esp. during pregnancy)
Best food source of Zinc: Pumpkin seeds
If you are supplementing with zinc, be sure it is a high quality food grade supplement that is made in America (including the raw materials). Today, more than 93% of prescriptions and over-the-counter products are made in China and sold in the United States. There are concerns regarding safety standards and quality control in Chinese manufacturing.
Tests are available to assess adequate zinc levels. If you think you are deficient, call the office today 517 721 1904.