Zinc is needed each cell of the body: it plays a key role in cellular metabolism, the functioning of the immune and digestive systems, in the process of wound healing and normal pregnancy course. I must say that to diagnose a deficiency - a difficult task, zinc deficiency symptoms can be similar to symptoms of the lack of other important vitamins and minerals the body. The surest way to know if your body lacks zinc, is a blood test.
The good news is that the zinc - one of the most common minerals found in many foods. For example, zinc is in the meat of livestock and poultry, seafood, cheese, legumes, nuts, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds. Therefore, people tend to rarely suffer from its deficiency. But if you sit on a diet or suffer digestive system disorder, you should still make sure that your body lacks zinc.
There are other reasons, which leads to the formation of zinc deficiency in the body:
Damage caused by burns, poisoning, attacks.
Excessive (more than 3 cups a day) intake of coffee.
The period of recovery after surgery.
Long-term use of hormonal drugs.
The symptoms of zinc deficiency vary with age. For example, children may experience stunted growth, loss of appetite, bad mood. In elderly zinc deficiency causes problems with immune and brain work.
The recommended daily intake of zinc - 12-15 mg. It is worth remembering that long-term use of drugs with calcium reduces the digestibility of zinc.
Signs of zinc deficiency in the adult:
Frequent colds and general weakening of immunity.
Prolonged healing of small wounds and abrasions.
Reduced sense of smell and taste.
Decreased night vision.
Allergic rashes on the hands.
Loss of appetite.