Uncovering the Hidden Impact of Zinc Deficiency
Zinc is a cornerstone mineral involved in over 300 biochemical processes within our body. It is particularly important for mood regulation and combatting oxidative stress. Despite its crucial role, a deficiency in zinc is a common issue, often caused by a combination of dietary inadequacies, elevated copper levels, genetic factors, or less-known conditions like pyroluria that lead to B6 and zinc deficiencies.
Importance of Testing for Low Zinc Levels
Testing your "zinc levels" is a vital health assessment tool, allowing for early detection and prevention of potential issues associated with zinc deficiency. This condition can result in an array of symptoms such as mood-related disorders, due to low production of neurotransmitters and high levels of noradrenalin caused by copper overload, which can lead to depression, anxiety, and irritability. Furthermore, zinc deficiency can cause apoptosis, or the death of brain cells, leading to early cell death and potentially dementia if left untreated.
Our Testing Process: The Accuracy of LabCorp
We've partnered with LabCorp for our "zinc deficiency testing" due to their more reliable testing procedures. Post your order, you'll receive an email requisition, which you can take to your nearest LabCorp. They typically use specific blood draw tubes that don't contain zinc powdered stoppers, thus ensuring results are not reported higher than actual.
It's important to note that while this test doesn't require fasting, we advise refraining from zinc containing supplements for 12-24 hours prior to testing.
Zinc Deficiency in Women and Men: A Closer Look
"Zinc deficiency in women" can be induced by elevated copper levels, which are often found in women with high estrogen levels or those using birth control pills and IUDs containing copper.
Zinc deficiency in men and women may be due to elevated copper can also stem from external factors such as high copper well water, aging copper hot water pipes, obesity (as adipose tissue can cause copper elevation), and consumption of high copper foods like shellfish. Genetic aspects, including polymorphisms of metallothionein enzyme-producing genes, can also contribute to zinc deficiency.
Zinc and Depression Testing
Zinc is not just an essential mineral for our body but also a key component in testing for depression. Its deficiency can lead to mood-related disorders due to low neurotransmitter production and high levels of noradrenalin caused by copper overload. These issues can manifest as depression, anxiety, and irritability, highlighting the importance of maintaining healthy zinc levels.
Beyond Zinc Deficiency: Additional Testing Options
At Second Opinion Physician, we offer comprehensive testing that extends beyond checking for "zinc deficiency." We provide pyroluria testing, a condition leading to both B6 and zinc deficiency. For individuals concerned about copper overload and its subsequent impact on zinc levels, we provide a copper overload panel assessing your copper/zinc/ceruloplasmin status.
Symptoms and Signs of Zinc Deficiency
Symptoms of zinc deficiency are varied and can include mood-related issues due to low production of neurotransmitters, brain fog, memory loss, sensitivity to cheap metals, poor tanning, and sensitivity to estrogen and birth control pills. Visible signs of zinc deficiency may include white clouds in the nail beds, indicative of this issue.
Comprehensive Biotype Panel: A Comprehensive Testing Approach
Our comprehensive biotype panel is a crucial component of our testing strategy. It includes the zinc deficiency test among others, offering a holistic view of your mineral and biochemical balance. Particularly for those experiencing depression, this panel can provide significant insights.
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