Making Sense of  Zinc Deficiency

What does it do in the body?

  • Essential for absorption and function of vitamins, especially B-complex
  • Vital to immune power

Essential for function of more than 200 enzymes that control the following:
Bone deposition/building
Digestion of protein
Fatty acid metabolism
Hair growth
Insulin production
Sex hormone production
Skin cell formation
Sugar metabolism
Thymus hormone production

  • Vital to wound healing
  • Vital for the male prostate gland and sperm production
  • Vital for cellular growth
Symptoms Inventory

Eye problems

  • Detached retina
  • Inability to adjust to darkness
  • Macular degeneration
  • Retinal bleeding
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sties

Hair problems

  • Brittle
  • Dandruff
  • Dry
  • Light-colored pigment
  • Loss
  • Premature graying
  • Slow growth

Immune system problems

  • Delayed wound healing
  • Ear infections
  • Colds/Flu
  • Tuberculosis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Yeast infections

Mental/Emotional problems

  • Apathy
  • Loss of interest in learning

Mouth problems

  • Canker sores
  • Chapped or split lips
  • Geographic tongue
  • Oral ulcerations

Muscle/Skeletal problems

  • Achy joints
  • Gout
  • Growth impairment
  • Growing pains
  • Osteoporosis

Reproductive system problems

  • Birth defects in off spring
  • Impotence (lack of erection)
  • Infertility
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Prostate enlargement (prostatitis)
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Underdeveloped sex organs
  • Vaginal yeast infections (recurring)
Symptoms (continued)

Metabolic problems

  • Allergies to:
    – Barley
    – Brewer’s yeast
    – Cherries
    – Millet
    – Potatoes
    – Prunes
    – Raisins
    – Rye
    – Walnuts
  • Anorexia
  • Blood sugar disorders
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Difficulty digesting meat and other protein-rich foods
  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lack of smell
  • Lack of taste
  • Pancreatic disease

Skin problems

  • Acne
  • Chronic skin infections
  • Cracks on fingertips
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis
  • Dry
  • Enlarged facial pores
  • Oily
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun-induced rashes
  • Sunburn easily

Nail problems

  • Hangnails
  • Slow growth
  • White spots
What depletes zinc?

What depletes zinc?

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine (chocolate, cocoa, coffee, soda, tea….)
  • Drugs
    Birth control pills
  • Refined grains
  • “Unfriendly” Sweeteners
    Aspartame (NutraSweet)
    Brown sugar
    Coconut Crystals
    Coconut Palm Sugar
    Corn syrup
    Date sugar
    Evaporated cane juice sugar
    Florida Crystals
    High fructose corn syrup
    Maple syrup
    Splenda (sucralose)
    Turbinado sugar (raw sugar)
Additional Notes

Additional Notes

  • Zinc, along with Selenium and Arginine, are the elements of male sperm…lost via ejaculation
  • When zinc is low, the body rejects iron, leading to anemia
  • Fruits, veggies, and grains lose as much as 80% of their zinc when canned, frozen, or otherwise processed.
  • Zinc requires sufficient iron, copper, and B6 to be absorbed
  • Prostate requires 10X more zinc then any other body part…defeats production of dihydrotestosterone, a form of testosterone that allows estrogen to wound/swell the prostate gland
  • Food sources: soy, sunflower seeds, raw nuts

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