Zinc Deficiency Symptoms and the Best Food Sources
Zinc is an important trace mineral which is useful in the body in many ways. It is essential for cell division & aids normal growth & development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence.
Zinc deficiency is indeed something you should be concerned about especially if your body is already showing some warning signs of the condition.
Key facts on zinc
- It is an important aspect of nutrition.
- Deficiency can occur if there is not a high enough consumption from diet or supplementation.
- Deficiency in children can lead to growth problems and increased risk of infection.
- During pregnancy and lactation, women may need extra.
Some people use zinc for an eye disease called macular degeneration, for night blindness, and for cataracts. It is also used for asthma; diabetes; high blood pressure; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
Other uses include treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), blunted sense of taste (hypogeusia), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), severe head injuries, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, Hansen’s disease, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcers and promoting weight gain in people with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa.
Some people use zinc for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), male infertility, erectile dysfunction (ED), weak bones (osteoporosis), rheumatoid arthritis, and muscle cramps associated with liver disease. It is also used for sickle cell disease and inherited disorders such as acrodermatitis enteropathica, thalassemia, and Wilson’s disease.
Some athletes use zinc for improving athletic performance and strength.
Zinc is also applied to the skin for treating acne, aging skin, herpes simplex infections, and to speed wound healing.
There is a zinc preparation that can be sprayed in the nostrils for treating the common cold.
Zinc sulfate is used in products for eye irritation.
Zinc citrate is used in toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent dental plaque formation and gingivitis.
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Kinesiology can muscle test, to find out if there a deficiency in a particular nutrient, and determine is it necessarily to take more nutritional supplements. It could simply be that the body is out of balance, and not working at peak efficiency.
Nutritional deficiencies and excesses change from all the time, depending on the person’s lifestyle and condition.
Often people get nutritional deficiencies because they are consuming too many toxins, and the body has to use up what good nutrition it does get in getting rid of them. By visiting a Kinesiologist you can get tested for toxins and metals.
Supplements are available in the form of capsules and tablets. However, the tolerable upper limit for zinc is 40 milligrams for males and females over 18 years.
It has been proven isolating certain nutrients in supplement form will not provide the same health benefits as consuming the nutrient from a whole food. First focus on obtaining your daily zinc requirement from foods, then use supplements as a backup if necessary.
If you would like to get tested, visit a Kinesiologist in your area. The website has a list of practitioners nationwide – http://kinesiology.ie/.
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