Zinc Deficiency

Zinc is an important trace element and fulfills numerous important functions in the body. These include immunological processes, wound healing, cell growth, enzymatic processes and metabolic processes. A zinc deficiency is often noticed by brittle hair and nails or dry, flaky skin.

Causes of Zinc Deficiency

The causes of zinc deficiency are varied and can reinforce each other:

  • In many cases, an intestinal absorption disorder can lead to a zinc deficiency, which is the case, for example, with chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn's disease or irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Furthermore, an imbalance of the natural intestinal flora (dysbiosis) or an intolerance, e.g. gluten intolerance, can cause a zinc deficiency.
  • In addition, various metabolic disorders, such as HPU, cause an increased consumption of zinc, which increases the zinc deficiency.
  • Some plant-based foods also contain phytates, which can inhibit zinc absorption in the intestine.
  • Due to the important role that zinc plays in metabolism, it is advisable to have a blood test carried out to diagnose a possible deficiency. This analysis can be carried out on serum or whole blood. In contrast to the serum analysis, the whole blood analysis examines the entire blood, including the components bound in the red blood cells. As the mineral content in the serum is significantly lower than in the blood cells, whole blood analysis is generally preferred to determine a mineral deficiency.

    A holistic doctor is responsible for carrying out this examination and searching for the causes. A general practitioner usually determines minerals such as zinc, mainly in serum. In the case of a zinc deficiency, the consideration of dietary supplements can be taken into account, whereby the indication, the selection of the preparation and the dosage belong in the hands of a competent doctor. A holistically oriented doctor is preferred here, as he or she not only treats symptoms but also the causes.

    In the case of a zinc deficiency, dietary supplements or infusion therapy can be considered, whereby the indication, choice of preparation and dosage should be in the hands of an experienced doctor.

Dr. med. Karsten Ostermann M.A.

In the case of a zinc deficiency, the underlying cause is important and should always be taken into account. This is the only way to ensure that the body is supplied with the correct amount of zinc in the long term.

Dr. Karsten Ostermann

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