Zinc is a mineral that is essential for immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing and cell growth and is required by the body to make many essential hormones. Due to food processing and soil depletion and interactions with medications such as protein pump inhibitors (PPIs), zinc deficiency is now a common problem. Fitness enthusiasts are prone to zinc deficiency caused by sweating. Older patients with poor dietary habits are especially vulnerable to zinc deficiency. Symptoms of deficiency include fatigue, poor appetite, digestive problems, and smell and taste dysfunction. The Zinc Taste Test is an easy, inexpensive method of assessing zinc deficiency in an office setting. Ask our compounding pharmacist for more information about the Zinc Taste Test and customized treatment for zinc deficiency.
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