Did you know zinc is important for every cellular function from protein and carbohydrate metabolism to cell division and growth? It also plays a role in skin health and maintaining sensory organs (that’s why zinc deficiency is associated with loss of smell and taste).
An inadequate amount of zinc in your diet may increase your potential for infection.
Without zinc, your white blood cells don't function optimally and other processes in your immune system are affected as well.
Low levels can be associated with slow wound healing, susceptibility to colds and other illnesses, hair loss, and white spots on fingernails.
Your blood work can also show a zinc deficiency. The marker Alkaline Phosphatase, which included in a kidney and liver panel will be low in people who are zinc deficient.
It should be also noted that many people who show signs of zinc deficiency will often also have other mineral deficiencies, including magnesium, selenium and potassium.
Foods that are high in zinc include oysters and other shellfish, red meat, poultry, nuts, seeds and legumes.
Make sure you are getting your zinc!