Mini Review - Insights in Nutrition and Metabolism (2023) Volume 7, Issue 3
Zinc deficiency: Effects on health and ways to improve intake.
Zinc is a crucial mineral that plays a vital role in numerous bodily functions, including immune function, wound healing, and cell growth and development. A zinc deficiency can result from inadequate dietary intake, certain medical conditions, or malabsorption syndromes. Symptoms of zinc deficiency can include impaired immune function, delayed wound healing, hair loss, and diarrhea. Long-term zinc deficiency can lead to more severe complications, such as impaired growth and development in children, cognitive impairment, and an increased risk of infections. Increasing dietary intake of zinc-rich foods, such as seafood, meats, and legumes, is often the best way to improve zinc intake. Zinc supplements may also be recommended in some cases, particularly for individuals with specific medical conditions that interfere with zinc absorption. However, it is important to talk to a healthcare provider before taking any supplements, as excessive zinc intake can also have negative effects on the body. Early detection and treatment of zinc deficiency are essential to prevent complications and promote optimal health.Author(s): Ryan Brown*