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.
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 foods are high in zinc?
Here are 10 of the best foods that are high zinc.
- Meat. Meat is an excellent source of zinc (4).
- Shellfish. Shellfish are healthy, low-calorie sources of zinc.
- Legumes. Legumes like chickpeas, lentils and beans all contain substantial amounts of zinc.
- Whole Grains.
How is zinc deficiency treated?
Zinc can interact with some antibiotics, arthritis medications, and diuretics. Summary Changing your diet to include foods rich in zinc is the best way to treat a zinc deficiency. Zinc supplements are available but should be used with caution, as they can interfere with certain medications.
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.