Judah St. Clinic

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Facts on Zinc

Dr. Nick Wirtz

Zinc is essential to good health. Dozens of zinc dependent enzymes participate in a myriad of health defining metabolic functions. Classic signs of zinc deficiency include:
 • Severe Deficiency - Delayed healing of ulcers, neuro-sensory disorders, infections due to immune dysfunction, weight loss, skin inflammation, baldness, diarrhea, sexual underdevelopment in males, and emotional disorders.
 • Moderate Deficiency - Growth retardation, delayed wound healing, neuro-sensory changes, immune dysfunction, rough skin, poor appetite, mental lethargy and sexual underdevelopment in males.
 • Mild Deficiency - Decreased muscle mass, neuro-sensory changes, inability to react, sluggishness, decreased immune system functions, and decreased sperm count and testosterone in males.
Zinc is also necessary for healthy mental function and mood, protein synthesis, nucleic acid and DNA metabolism, hormone production, prostate function, energy, response to stress and taste acuity.
Zinc assessment is very important. Studies show that even a mild deficiency of zinc adversely affects clinical biochemical and immunological functions. Reports indicate
that in the US marginal zinc deficiency is widespread.  One study of over 15,000 people revealed that almost 70% were not consuming zinc at the RDA levels.
The initial symptoms of marginal zinc deficiency are dysfunctions of taste and smell. Studies have found that taste sensitivity may be a good indicator of the functional
availability for zinc in the body and have led to the development of the zinc taste test.  
An assessment of you zinc levels is simple and can be done at home. Feel free to contact the office to find out how.