Mild zinc deficiency should be treated with zinc supplementation at two to three times the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), whereas moderate to severe deficiency can be treated at four to five times the RDA.40,41 Treatment should last for six months.
How long does it take to correct a zinc deficiency?
Usually, zinc replacement therapy is continued for 3–4 months. If initiated within 6 months after the onset of zinc deficiency, the response rate to this therapy (the percentage of cases where the therapy is effective or markedly effective) is 70% or higher.
What are the signs of a zinc deficiency?
She says that a zinc deficiency may produce the following symptoms:
- Altered/loss of taste and smell.
- Anorexia (lack or loss of appetite)
- Ataxic gait (uncoordinated movements)
- Decreased immunity.
- Excessive hair loss.
What depletes zinc in the body?
Zinc deficiency in humans is caused by reduced dietary intake, inadequate absorption, increased loss, or increased body system utilization. The most common cause is reduced dietary intake. The highest concentration of dietary zinc is found in oysters, meat, beans, and nuts.
How much zinc should I take for zinc deficiency?
People with low copper levels might experience neurological issues, such as numbness and weakness in the arms and legs. The National Institutes of Health considers 40 mg of zinc a day to be the upper limit dose for adults and 4 mg of zinc a day for infants under age 6 months.