The symptoms of a zinc deficiency, while a little general, can be pretty unpleasant. You may want to assess your zinc levels if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Change in appetite, whether that is increased or decreased. Some people also note craving, particularly sweet or salty food.
- A change in your ability to taste and smell is one of the less general symptoms of zinc deficiency.
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss.
- Loss or thinning of hair.
- Slowed healing from injury.
- Digestive problems.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Poor concentration and strained memory.
- Abnormally extreme PMS symptoms.
- Weak immunity against infection.
- Nerve dysfunction.
The mineral Zinc plays a important role in supporting our immune function as well as assisting in many cellular functions and numerous enzymatic functions. Zinc is an essential part of healthy hormone and immune molecule development and therefore human growth. Unfortunately, deficiencies are very common globally with an estimated 1/4 of the worlds population deficient. Over 400 thousand deaths annually are contributed to by a Zinc deficiency. Zinc is most important for pregnant women and growing children because it helps with cognitive development as well as regulating Leptin, IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-1), Cortisol and other hormones.