- Zinc is a critical nutrient that many people are deficient in.
- We can lose zinc so easily, up to 85% is lost just in the digestive tract, we also lose it when we’re stressed. Vegetarian/vegan diets are low in zinc.
- Zinc is needed for at least 300 different enzyme reactions in the body.
- Zinc is an important antiviral nutrient. Low zinc levels allow viruses to enter our tissues and glands.
- Bacterial, viral & fungal issues, parasites, Pyroluria, heavy metals all cause increased needs for zinc.
- Zinc is needed for the feel-good brain chemicals serotonin, as well as melatonin.
- Zinc (and magnesium) are necessary to retain potassium inside our cells.
- When the body is overloaded with sugar or alcohol, it can cause a loss of zinc (and rise in copper).
- Adrenal glands– If zinc is too low, adrenal hormone production reduces, over time we can get into a burnout stage where the body can’t function well.
- Zinc deficiency alone is a big cause of many digestive problems. It’s involved in activating stomach acid.
- delays in growth and development
- anxiety/mood issues
- sleep disturbances
- skin rashes
- digestive issues
- chronic diarrhea
- poor immune health
- impaired wound healing
- poor appetite
- impaired taste sensation
- night blindness
- hormonal issues
Where is zinc found?
Beef, lamb, turkey, oysters, pumpkin seeds, cashews & oats are good sources.
Should we supplement?
If we are deficient, yes this is an option. Zinc can cause copper detox and the many symptoms that go with that. Zinc can also reduce sodium levels.
However, as zinc is SO key, I certainly don’t shy away from supplementing. Rebuilding zinc needs to be done slowly & carefully with other mineral imbalances taken into consideration.