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It is estimated that a quarter of the global population is zinc deficient.
Zinc deficiency could impact the health of:
• Infants and young children
• The elderly
• Pregnant or breastfeeding women
• The malnourished or those with anorexia
• Those who consume excessive alcohol
• People with chronic diarrhoea
• Sufferers of digestive system disease
e.g. Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s and Coeliac’s
• Vegetarians or vegan
Zinc deficiency may result in impaired immune function, poor wound healing, skin rashes, poor eye health, mood and behavioural problems, reduced appetite, an altered taste and/or smell sensation and in infants, children and teenagers, can affect development, resulting in suboptimal physical and neurodevelopment, behavioural problems and delayed onset of puberty.
Increase Your Dietary Zinc Intake by:
• Eating a healthy diet combining both plant and animal sources of this mineral is best to optimise your dietary zinc intake.
• Animal based foods such as oysters, crab, beef, chicken, turkey and dairy.
• Plant foods such as beans, chickpeas, peanuts and almonds. The reduced levels of zinc found in plant foods is
a contributing factor to the increased risk of zinc deficiency among vegetarians and vegans.
As you can see from its various biological roles, zinc truly is the multi-tasking mineral! Supplementation may be important during various life stages to ensure optimal zinc levels and health.
For further information on boosting your zinc and overall wellbeing contact Melbourne Naturopathy on 03 9484 4668.