Are you Zinc deficient?

by Sana Al Hadethee

Are you frequently catching colds that take forever to heal? Having trouble sleeping? And much more serious health issues.. When we don’t get enough zinc in our diet, our cellular health is affected, which affects not only our immune system, but can also contribute to DNA damage. Make sure Zinc is present in your daily diet and don’t forget to apply the very simple Zinc deficiency test every now and then.

Why do we need Zinc?

Zinc is a very powerful mineral that has a fundamental functions in the body biochemistry. It is crucial for cellular metabolism and contributes to the make-up of more than 200 enzymes in the human body.

Zinc is important in the function of immune cells, specifically T-cell growth and differentiation into white blood cells to protect against infection and disease and also crucial for cell division. However, zinc is integral for growth and development, wound healing, energy level maintenance and mood regulation, among other things like:

  • Cellular metabolism
  • Protein synthesis
  • Alcohol metabolism
  • Involved with the activity of ~100 enzymes
  • Healthy immune function
  • Regulation of Vitamin A levels in the blood
  • Aids in the production of collagen
  • DNA synthesis
  • Wound healing
  • Prostate health
  • Normal sexual development

Conditions Related to Zinc Deficiency

  • Psoriasis
  • Dry Skin
  • Type of Anaemia
  • Food allergy
  • Thinning hair
  • Acne and rashes
  • Post-natal depression
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • White spots on fingernails
  • Delay in wound healing
  • Macular degeneration
  • Heart Disease
  • Prostate Enlargement
  • Hypothyroidism
  •  Nutrient absorption syndromes
  •  Rheumatoid Arthritis
  •  Diabetes
  •  Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis)
  •  Alcoholism
  •  Strict Vegetarians (mild risk)
  • Taste & smell disorders
  • Impaired growth development
  • Lost sexual desire
  • Hyperactivity

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