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• assists in thyroid function Zinc in the Body

Zinc is present in all organs, tissues,

fluids, and secretions in the body, but the majority of zinc (83%) is present in skel- etal muscle and bone. When zinc intake is insufficient, levels within skeletal mus- cle, skin, and heart are maintained, while zinc levels in bone, liver, testes, and plasma decline. More than 100 specific enzymes require zinc for their catalytic function. The body is not able to store excess zinc, so continuous dietary intake is required.

status accurately because of the element’s distribution throughout the body. Before making a diagnosis, clinicians consider the person’s risk factors (such as inade- quate caloric intake and the presence of digestive diseases), the presenting symp- toms of zinc deficiency, and the results of specific laboratory tests (blood and/or urine) to determine zinc status. Depending on the severity of the deficiency, a health

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professional may recommend zinc supple- mentation at levels higher than the recom- mended dietary allowance. All individuals should consult with his or her own physi- cian before taking any new supplements.

Signs of Zinc Deficiency • loss of appetite

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Deficiency Diagnosis It is difficult to measure a person’s zinc

• impaired immune function • hair loss • delayed sexual maturation • weight loss • delayed healing of wounds • taste abnormalities • mental lethargy

• impaired growth and development of infants, children and adolescents

• increased prevalence and incidence of childhood infections, such as diarrhea and pneumonia, which may result in increased rates of mortality

• impaired maternal health and preg- nancy outcomes

Diet: Zinc occurs in different concentra- tions in a wide variety of foods. Animal- based foods have especially high concen- trations, particularly in the organs and flesh of beef, pork, poultry, fish and shell- fish (oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food!), and lesser amounts in eggs and dairy products. Beans, nuts, and fortified breakfast cereals are other common sources of zinc in the North American diet.

Supplements: Zinc is also available as a dietary supplement on its own or as part of a multivitamin. Different forms com- monly found in supplements include zinc gluconate, zinc sulfate, and zinc acetate, which vary in the quantity of elemental zinc. The standard ingredient labels for dietary supplements provide the name of the form of zinc in the product (e.g., zinc [as zinc sulfate]) and the amount of ele- mental zinc in milligrams.

Medicinal Products: Zinc is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter prod- ucts, including throat lozenges, lotions,

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