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Instructing Your Patients: The Detox Diet

Vitamins and minerals all play a unique role in the body and mind, and zinc is no exception to the rule. With the overwhelming amount of unhealthy products on the market, more and more people are now experiencing symptoms because of deficiencies of multiple nutrients and they may not even know it.

What are symptoms of zinc deficiency?

People who are not consuming enough zinc may experience a range of symptoms including chronic fatigue, poor memory, diarrhea, ear ringing, inability to focus, and stronger cravings for sweet or salty foods. It’s important to note, however, that the presence of these symptoms may be a result of something else, and a lack of these symptoms does not guarantee that a subject’s zinc levels are up to par.

 

Who is at risk for zinc deficiency?

Although anyone can experience zinc deficiency, certain groups of people may find themselves more at risk. Vegetarians and individuals who consume very little meat are on this list, as well as people with digestive issues, women taking birth control, and people regularly taking other medications.

 

Why is zinc important?

  • Strength and Performance. Zinc is linked to testosterone production which can affect sports performance.
  • Reproductive Health. Because low zinc levels can decrease testosterone production, men can be at higher risk for infertility and prostate cancer. Women with a zinc deficiency may also be at risk of infertility because a lack of zinc can prohibit the egg from maturing.
  • Boost Immune Function. Zinc is essential for the generation of healthy cells. Because of this, studies have linked zinc deficiency to a lagging immune system as well as cancer nearly anywhere in the body.
  • Promotes Cardiovascular Health. Zinc plays a vital role in improving blood circulation and decreasing the chance of heart disease.
  • Help Prevent Diabetes. Zinc helps ensure that insulin is properly stored in the pancreas and released when needed. This is crucial to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
  • Supports Brain Health and Function. Zinc helps the brain function properly and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Helps Maintain Energy Levels and Mood. Zinc regulates dopamine which promotes drive, focus, and mood level.

 

Where is zinc most commonly found?

For people looking to increase their zinc levels in the body, they should consider increasing their consumption of beef, oysters, kidney beans, spinach, and flax seeds. We also recommend adding a supplement containing L-OptiZinc® into their diet. L-OptiZinc® is a unique mineral chelate that pairs zinc with the amino acid L-methionine. Research studies show that L-OptiZinc® is better absorbed than other forms of zinc and that plasma levels remain higher compared to other zinc forms. To learn more, please visit our website or call 1-800-783-4636 today.

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