14 Symptoms of Zinc Deficiency & Zinc Rich Foods

Zinc Tally

Zinc is a trace mineral that is essential to all forms of life because of its fundamental role in gene expression, cell development and replication. Although severe zinc deficiency is unlikely, being mildly to moderately deficient is not uncommon. In fact the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that globally our deficiency is at 31%.

 

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What is zinc used for in the body?

Zinc stimulates the body to produce antibodies that help to destroy the cold virus, which is why it is commonly found in throat lozenges. Zinc does more than help you with a cold, it plays a critical role in many bodily functions such as:

Cell growth

DNA repair

Gene transcription (the process that allows your cells to read genetic instructions)

Keeps your immune system strong

Stabilizes your metabolic rate

Balances your blood sugar

Maintaining your sense of taste and smell

Protects against oxidative stress

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Signs of zinc deficiency

Acne

Depression

Diarrhea

Environmental allergies

Food allergies

Frequent colds

Frequent infections

Impaired sense of taste or smell

Lack of appetite

Leaky gut

Poor neurological function

Rashes

Thinning hair

Weak immune system

 

Zinc deficiency is linked to diseases such as

Cancer

Chronic liver disease

Chronic renal disease

Diabetes

Malabsorption syndrome

Malignancy

Other chronic illnesses

Sickle cell disease

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Food sources of zinc

Cashews

Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)

Crimini mushrooms

Grass-fed beef

Green peas

Kefir

Lamb

Liver

Pumpkin seeds

Spinach

Sea vegetables

Yogurt

 

Learn how to take a zinc tally test at home.

 

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