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Zinc

Warning - Excessive Zinc supplementation can result in zinc toxicity. Supplementation should be done under the supervision of a doctor or dietician.

Supplementation of Zinc and Folate (Folic Acid) together can reduce absorption of both Zinc and Folate. [3][4] Care should be taken when supplementing.

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Symptoms of Zinc Deficiency

White spots on nails
Ridges on nails
Stretch marks
Frequent colds
Miscarriage
Infertility
Premature labor
Poor sense of smell/taste[2]
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) [6]
Problems with vitamin A metabolism.[1]

Anatomy of Absorption

You are at increased risk for zinc deficiency if you have extensive inflammation located in the jejunum or have had it surgically removed, have chronic diarrhea, are losing fluids through fistula, or are taking prednisone.[5] Another study found high levels of zinc deficiency in patients with distal small bowel (terminal ileum) resection and muscle zinc levels didn't always correlate with serum levels.[7]

Natural Sources of Zinc

Oysters, Beef, Crab, Alaska king, Lobster, Pork chop, Beans, Chicken, Yogurt, Cashews, Chickpeas, Cheese, Oatmeal, Milk, Almonds, Kidney beans, Peas, Flounder

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