Sources Of Zinc
|Seafood - oysters, herring
|Meats - beef, lamb, beef and pork liver
|Nuts/seeds - sunflower, pumpkin
|Dairy - cheese
|Grains - wheat germ
|Miscellaneous - brewer's yeast, maple syrup, bone meal, gluten, tea
Roles In The Body
- Activator of many key enzymes.
- Growth and development
- Male reproductive system
- Insulin production and secretion
- Prevention of cadmium and copper toxicity
Functions Of Zinc
|Circulatory - maintenance of artery walls
|Respiratory - removal of carbon dioxide and maintenance of acid-base balance
|Digestive - production of digestive enzymes, and normal liver function
|Nervous - essential for brain development and neurotransmitters
|Special senses - appetite regulation, smell and taste
|Reproductive - testes, ovaries, prostate, male fertility
|Endocrine - insulin and pituitary gonadotropin secretion
|Blood - red blood cells and blood proteins
|Skeletal - bone integrity, prevention of osteoporosis
|Skin - required for normal integrity of hair, nails, and skin
|Protective - required for wound healing and integrity of the immune system
|Metabolic - normal carbohydrate and protein metabolism
|Detoxification - assists in removing toxic accumulation of cadmium and copper
|Psychological - powerful mood stabilizer and 'sedative' mineral
Symptoms Associated With A Zinc Deficiency
||lack of taste and smell
|conditions due to birth defects
||poor wound healing
|failure to thrive
Symptoms Associated With A Zinc Excess
|anemia, iron deficiency
magnesium, vitamin A, D, E, B6, high-protein diet
|Absorption - copper, cadmium, iron, chromium, manganese, selenium, phytic acid, vegetarian diets, soy, cereals, fiber in diet
|Metabolic - copper, iron, cadmium
Hair Analysis Notes
Zinc is considered a "masculine" mineral, because of its importance in the formation of male sexual hormones.
High Hair Zinc:
Low Hair Zinc:
- An elevated zinc level is commonly due to a loss of zinc from the body tissues. In these cases, zinc supplements will often be recommended.
- Zinc levels may appear high to help compensate for copper toxicity. Thus high zinc can be a tipoff of a hidden copper toxicity.
- Use of Head and Shoulders shampoo occasionally results in an elevated zinc reading.
- Cadmium toxicity can cause a zinc reading to appear high.
- Zinc will often read low if the sodium/potassium ratio is less than 2.5:1. In this case, it is not always wise to give much zinc.
- Zinc is commonly low in "fast" oxidizers.
- Very low zinc levels are often associated with emotional instability and with problems of growth and development in children.
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