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Vitamin D Deficiency and Zinc

Zinc and Vitamin D: A Vital Connection

Many people may not know that zinc is essential for vitamin D to function properly in the body. With enough zinc, your body's vitamin D receptors may respond effectively. Interestingly, vitamin D also helps transport zinc throughout your body.

Recognizing Zinc Deficiency

A zinc deficiency can cause various symptoms, including:

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Low testosterone

  • Diarrhea

  • Hair loss (alopecia)

  • Skin inflammation

  • Vision problems

  • Ulcers

  • General inflammation

  • Weakened immune system

  • Thymus atrophy

Boosting Your Zinc Intake

  • Foods: Excellent sources of zinc include oysters, lobster, shrimp, liver, and red meat.

  • Supplementation: Consult your doctor if you suspect a deficiency; they may recommend a supplement.

What Can Cause Zinc Deficiency?

  • A diet low in zinc-rich foods

  • High consumption of phytates (found in grains and legumes), which can hinder zinc absorption

  • Pregnancy

  • Sickle cell anemia

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Last updated: Mar 13, 2024 14:20 PM