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The best method of accurately determining zinc status is through measuring white blood cell levels. Since this test is not readily available and may be more expensive, serum zinc is routinely used as a screening tool. Hair levels may show deficiencies or excesses but are generally not considered as reliable as other tests of zinc status. While low hair zinc is likely to be indicative of poor zinc status, elevated hair zinc may be indicative of low zinc in the cells or contamination from the use of zinc-containing shampoos. The zinc taste test appears to be of some value in determining general zinc status.
 

 
 

Test Zinc Levels can help with the following:
 
 
Addictions  Alcohol-related Problems
 It is clear that brain zinc content changes during disease states and that brain zinc deficiency is possibly dynamically related to alcoholism. McLardy (1973) observed a 30% deficit in brain zinc levels amongst chronic alcoholics.

Environment / Toxicity

  Zinc Toxicity

Hormones

  Histadelia (Histamine High)
  Histapenia (Histamine Low)

Immunity

  Weakened Immune System
 Normal zinc levels are required for a strong immune system.

Lab Values

  Low White Count
 Dosages of zinc in the 100-300mg per day range have caused copper deficiency, iron nonresponsive anemia, neutropenia,
impaired immune function and lowering of HDL cholesterol. Zinc supplementation near the 15mg per day RDA has interfered with copper and iron metabolism as well as decreased HDL concentrations. A main concern is that in the absence of overt toxicity symptoms the public will consume large amounts of zinc that may affect the utilization of nutrients such as copper, which in turn can have a negative impact on serum lipids and immune function. [American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1990;51: pp.225-227]

Mental

  Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD)
 Hyperactive children may be deficient in zinc, manganese and vitamin B6 and have an excess of lead and copper.

  Schizophrenia
  Stress
 Zinc has been shown to counteract some of the adverse effects of stress.

Musculo-Skeletal

  Rheumatoid Arthritis
 Zinc levels amongst patients with rheumatoid arthritis are usually reduced. Results from zinc supplementation trials amongst rheumatoid arthritis patients have been mixed, though most find some improvement.

Nutrients

  Zinc Requirement

Tumors, Malignant

  Leukemia, Acute Lymphocytic (ALL)
  Leukemia, Acute Myelogenous (AML)
  Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic (CLL)
  Leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous (CML)

Uro-Genital

  Male Infertility (Low Sperm Count)
 Zinc is concentrated in ejaculate, and important for prostate health. Zinc stores can be reduced by frequent ejaculation. Marginal zinc status is associated with poor sperm count and motility (especially if testosterone levels are low).
 
 


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