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An at home test for Zinc deficiency

Wahoo!  My most recent vitamin order just came!  One of the things I’ve been anxiously waiting for is liquid zinc sulfate.  It’s used to do a self- assessment for zinc deficiency. Zinc is involved in more than 300 different biochemical reactions in the body, so as you can imagine, being deficient can cause some problems. You can read more about how to take the test here.  Before you think- “Sounds like crazy voodoo stuff to me!”, this little test was studied and published in the Lancet ( one of the most prestigious medical journals) as being a simple, accurate way to determine zinc deficiency.  Cool, huh?

What’s the verdict so far?  E. and I took the test (1/2 tsp of zinc sulfate).   I scored at a level 3 and E. scored at a level 2.  We each need zinc, E. more than I.  Since liquid zinc sulphate, by nature, tastes worse as your body stores of zinc improve, you want to take a different form.  We tend to use Zinc Picolinate to boost zinc levels, since it’s well absorbed.  Another preferred form of zinc is OptiZinc.  Also, zinc can upset the stomach if it’s not taken with a large meal, so when we’re taking zinc, we try to time it with dinner or a substantial bedtime snack for the kids.  🙂

What do you think?   Would you like to know your zinc levels?


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This entry was posted on June 9, 2015 by in biomedical, eating, Science Saturday and tagged .
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