Sweet test for zinc deficiency
I think I have a zinc deficiency and was wondering what you thoughts are. Is there a home test that I can take? How much zinc do we need daily in our diet? Does being vegetarian have something to do with being zinc deficient?
Zinc is an important, essential element, required to produce hundreds of enzymes, that control human functions as diverse as eyesight, skin, hair, nails, connective tissue, hearing, sexual functions, digestion and immune response according to the National Institutes of Health. In other words, zinc is essential for good health! Some of the more common symptoms of zinc deficiency are white spots on fingernails, loss of appetite, hair loss, diarrhea, deteriorating sense of taste and smell, inflammation, slow wound healing and yeast and fungal infections. There is a very simple and efficient test for zinc deficiency. For an adult, mix fifty mg of zinc sulphate in a half a glass of water. If it tastes sweet, pleasant or like water, then your body needs it. If it has a strong metallic or unpleasant taste, you are not zinc deficient. The bioavailability of zinc from vegetarian diets is lower than from non-vegetarian diets because vegetarians do not eat meat, which is high in bioavailable zinc and may enhance zinc absorption. In addition, vegetarians typically eat high levels of legumes and whole grains, which contain phytates that bind zinc and inhibit its absorption, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. While you can take a zinc supplement, the federal government's 2025-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans notes that "Nutritional needs be met primarily from foods" since there are no body stores of zinc. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food, although red meat and poultry provide the majority of zinc in the American diet. Other food sources for zinc include beans, nuts, certain types of seafood (i.e. crab and lobster), whole grains and dairy. The current Recommend Daily Allowance (RDA), as set by the Food and Nutrition Board are as follows: 0 to 6 months two mg (male and female), 7 to 12 months up to 3 years of age-three mg (male and female), 4 to 8 years of age need five mg (male and female), 9-to-13-year-olds need eight mg (male and female). Fourteen to 18-year-old boys need eleven mg while the same age group of females need only nine mg. Nineteen-year-olds and older need eleven mg for males and eight mg for females.
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