Key Reasons For a Zinc Deficiency

Zinc is really important for the immune system. Check out the key reasons for a zinc deficiency. 

0:00 Zinc 
0:30 Zinc absorption 
0:41 Zinc can affect the…  
0:50 What causes zinc deficiency? 
5:53 Increasing zinc absorption 
6:44 How much zinc do you need?

Today we’re going to talk about zinc. I want to cover the key zinc deficiency causes and the things that can help increase your absorption of zinc. I believe zinc is probably one of the most important trace minerals. Over 2 billion people are at least somewhat deficient in zinc. 

The big problem with zinc is that we don’t store zinc very well. So, unless you’re consuming it every day, you could end up having a zinc deficiency. 

Zinc can affect:

• The reproductive organs 
• Skin health 
• The immune system 

Here are a couple of things that can decrease the absorption of zinc:

• Too much calcium 
• Too much iron 
• Excessive amounts of copper
• Phytates (bran, rice, grains, corn)
• Cadmium 
• Casein 
• Gut damage 
• A lot of tannins 
• A lot of sulfites 
• Infection 
• Refined sugar
• Stress

Here are a couple of things that can increase the absorption of zinc:

• Strong stomach acid
• Enough protein 
• Red meat 
• Shellfish (especially oysters)
• Nuts/Seeds
• Cheese 

The amount of zinc you should consider getting per day is 8-13 mg. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

Thanks for watching! I hope this video helps you better understand the key reasons for a zinc deficiency and how to increase zinc absorption.
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