Do you have a zinc deficiency?

Unexplained hair loss? Trouble sleeping? Dry skin? These are just a few signs that you may have a deficiency in the essential mineral zinc.

Zinc is one of the most important minerals needed by the body. It is responsible for facilitating the production of hundreds of enzymes that are used for bodily processes such as the immune system, wound healing and fertility.

Symptoms of zinc deficiency vary greatly from one person to another. Below is a list of the most typical symptoms that you may be experiencing:

  • Dandruff
  • Eczema, psoriasis and acne
  • Increased allergic sensitivity
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced fertility
  • White spots on fingernails and poor nail growth

The good thing about low zinc levels is that it is very easy to treat. Almost as soon as you start taking supplemental zinc, deficiency symptoms will go away. Adults require about 10mg per day and are not to exceed a daily dose of 40mg as it can cause copper levels to deplete.

In addition to supplements, eating foods that are rich in zinc is also a good way to boost your levels. Foods such as oysters, nuts, peas, meat products, eggs, whole wheat grains, oats and pumpkin seeds contain considerable amounts of the mineral.

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