Zinc deficiency can cause many health problems! Here’s how to find out if you are zinc deficient, and how to increase it’s amount in your body.
Zinc is a mineral that participates in the development of various parts of the body, including the bones, connective tissue, brain, eyes, hair, skin, prostate, liver and kidneys.
It takes part in the proper functioning of the immune system in the production of collagen in the process of wound healing and maturation of sperm.
Many people suffer from zinc deficiency and are not aware of it. Deficiency can cause several adverse symptoms, so it is good to know them.
- hair loss
- sudden weight loss
- slow healing of cuts and wounds
- chronic infections
- damaged and dry hair
- brittle nails
- high cholesterol
- reduced eyesight
- decreased sperm count
If you notice one or more of these symptoms, try to increase the intake of the following foods:
- seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower)
- nuts (almonds, walnuts)
Sometimes the body has difficulties to absorb zinc, no matter how often and in what amount you consume through food or supplements.
Therefore experts advise to increase the intake of vitamin A and D to encourage absorption of zinc.
Once the body is supplied with sufficient amounts of zinc, you will notice the following changes:
- Healthier hair, skin and better vision
- Better immune function
- Faster wound healing
- Improved performance of the digestive system
- Reducing chronic inflammation
- Reducing the symptoms of chronic diseases