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Three Reasons Why You Need To Take Zinc

Updated on July 20, 2015

Do you feel healthy? Is all the plumbing working OK? How about your libido? Do you shed more than 100 hairs a day?

Believe it or not, these are just some of the symptoms that you might have a zinc deficiency. According to most experts, they say most Americans do not have a zinc deficency. But when I look at this list of ailments, I say many of us are lacking.

I first discovered when I had a 10-day bout with a stomach bug, the kind that comes out the back door. It was 10 days of nausea, loss of appetite and trips to the bathroom. I worried about malnutrition! Even after my bowels began to calm down, I still felt weak and was extremely careful about what I ate. The four pounds I lost was great but I wanted to get back to normal, soon!

While reading through the November 2013 issue of Real Simple magazine, I stumbled across an article that mentioned shedding of hair and how to stop it. Yes, I shed a lot of hair, but I thought it was just the way I was made. The article said that normal hair shedding is around 100 strands per day. I easily shed three times that amount! So I read how to cure this problem. The article mentioned taking vitamins like B12, zinc,and iron. Well, I've been taking B-complex on a daily basis for over a year so it couldn't be that; and last time I went to the gynocologist I had my iron tested and it was fine. So it must be the zinc!

Let me just say the noticeable changes I found once I started taking zinc were dramatic and are the very reason I am writing this blog! Many of you are having problems and can't seem to figure out how to remedy them. Zinc may be your answer!

Don't Rely on Multivitamins!

Most multivitamins do contain amounts of zinc, this is true. But the amount most of us require is greater than the amount within these vitamins. For instance, one multivitamin I found on my shelf contains a whopping 5mg of zinc per pill. The bottle of zinc gives you 50 mg of zinc per pill.

As to the different types of zinc out there, I found this website that gives you a breakdown of them. According to them, zinc oroate is the best kind for your body. The website is Global Healing Centers.

Reason 1: Chronic Ailments

If you happen to be one of the unfortunate millions of people diagnosed with irritable bowel, Chrons, colitis, or some other intestinal problem, or a weakened immune system, listen up. You are most definitely deficient in zinc because of your very inability of being able to correctly process food within your intestines. One very prominent symptom of zinc deficency is prolonged diarrhea.

Another chronic ailment that can be helped by zinc is impotence. Zinc is key for metobolic and cell function. Taking a zinc suppliment is a natural way to bring a little "rise" to your life.

Most common signs you need zinc

  • white marks on your fingernails
  • chronic diarrhea or other bowel problems
  • shedding more than 100 hairs a day
  • low libido
  • low sense of smell or taste
  • slow wound healing
  • frequent sickness, especially colds
  • compromised immune system
  • slow growth (puberty)
  • insomnia

Reason 2: Health and Longevity

There are numerous vitiamins and minerals that aid in cellular activity but none so crucial as zinc. It is essential in the process of hundreds of enzymes

Loss of taste and smell and vision, conditions common to the elderly, could be eradicated with the simple inclusion of a single vitamin.

Reason 3: Weight Loss

I don't need to tell you that the weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar a year cash cow. Every time we turn around there's another miracle pill guaranteeing results.Sure, the FDA regulates these companies but do we really know that what we put into our bodies is truly safe? I remember back in the 1990s when FenFen was all the rage. My sister-in-law lost a bunch of weight before her wedding taking this pill. Later we learned that FenFen could be linked to heart valve problems. Is 20 pounds worth possible heart surgery?

In case you need some science behind the correlation of zinc and weight loss, here we go. There is apparently a negative correalation between zinc deficency and the release of a hormone called leptin. Leptin is produced in the hypothalamus and controls not only our metabolism, but also our hunger.

Regardless of what ANY study or ad suggests, it's results that matter. I am someone who has kept on 10 pounds with the birth of each of my four children. Being 5'10" I can carry the extra weight easier than my shorter sisters, but it's still awful! I eat healthy, exercise several times and week and still not weight loss. I got sick with the aforementioned stomach bug and lost four pounds in 10 days. Found out about my possible zinc deficency and proceded to lose more weight! It hasn't been a month since I started taking zinc and I am already down a total of 8 pounds!! I haven't been able to lose any weight for over 10 years!

On top of the weight loss, I've noticed an increase in muscle tone as well. It's like everything is sucking in, including my stomach and back side! My results have been overnight and utterly amazing! The only thing I have changed is the zinc consumption. If you want to lose weight, please eat sensibly and exercise. No pill should work if you don't.

Important Note About Taking Zinc

First off, the pills tend to be a little on the chalky side. I've taken two different brands and they are both chalky, one more so than the other. Apparently this is normal for this vitamin. The easiest way to get those down is to take them with something other than water.

Secondly, only take zinc with food!!! Otherwise, it will make you very ill with feelings like you need to vomit.

Third, if you don't take it every day, you'll know when you need to start it up again. For me, the signs are greater hair shedding or feelings of dehydration.

Other complications of zinc deficency

  • ecezema
  • oral ulcerations
  • night blindness
  • depression
  • low testosterone levels


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      Cynthia Lyerly 2 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed.

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      Cynthia Lyerly 2 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much. Zinc is, to me, an under hyped mineral that many of us are deficient in. Just wanted to share from my personal experience. Appreciate the encouragement!

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      frank nangame 2 years ago from western

      I also read an article, explaining the lack of vital basic mineral ions in the body as part of malnutrition.

      Zinc deficiency, iron and calcium deficiency have a place in malnutrition especially in children.

      Thanks for sharing

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Excellent Cynthia... You made us realised the importance of a vital mineral, it's usage, benefits and precautions... Thanks looking forward for more such beneficial hubs from you. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.