Do Your Own Zinc Level Test-Update
This update adds significant new details on the test procedure.
My earlier post on "Heart Disease and Copper" raised some concern on the use of copper and it's impact on zinc levels hence this post.
..."Zinc Talley." It's one of the easiest and most accurate ways to determine a zinc deficiency."...
You can make your own Zinc Tally test solution by mixing 2 grams of zinc sulfate 2 litres of distilled water and follow instruction outlined below. Making 2 litres of solution may seem a bit excessive but it makes a much more accurate solution when using kitchen weigh scales. Of course if you have access to more precise tools than by all means make a small quantity equivalent to 0.1% zinc sulfate solution... See below for the updated "Zinc-Tally" details.
Test fluid consisting of a 0.1 % solution of zinc sulphate in distilled water. Can detect zinc deficiency in the body and may be used as a zinc supplement. It is used as a treatment for anorexia.
Zinc deficiency is difficult to detect in a laboratory since most of the body's zinc is found in the cells. Instead one can use a simple taste test with a zinc solution.
Gustin is a zinc dependent polypeptide, which is required for normal development of taste buds. Zinc Tally is one in several zinc solutions designed for testing zinc deficiency in the body. The product was accepted in the British 1988 Pharmacopoeia as a good way of testing one's zinc status.
The test fluid is made by titrating the right concentration. Make sure that the bottles are thoroughly disinfected - use an autoclave - since growth of bacteria will change the flavour.
The content is a 0.1% solution of zinc sulphate heptahydrate (ZnSo4 7 H20) in distilled water. This fluid has a zinc content of 15 mg. pr. 120 ml. - only this concentration is effective.
Tests on rats have shown that it heals wounds in a few hours, whereas weaker or stronger solutions were ineffective.
The Zink test
You must not eat, drink, or smoke less than one hour before the test. Then take the equivalent of a liqueur glass of the fluid and rinse your mouth with the fluid for 5-10 seconds, after which you can either swallow or spit it out. Four different flavours now appear:
- No flavour or "like water" = typical zinc deficiency
- No flavour to begin with, but later a reaction occurs described as either "dry", "fluffy","mineral", "like baking powder" or "sweet" = zinc deficiency
- A strong but not necessarily unpleasant flavour is registered immediately and builds up little by little = no zinc deficiency.
- An unpleasant flavour is registered immediately. The test person makes a wry face and wants to rinse his mouth with water = no zinc deficiency, good zinc status
You can take your zinc supplement in this way. It is also well-suited for anorectics. You should be able to taste the zink after 3 weeks, otherwise you should have your gastric acid concentration examined - it might be too low.
Zinc tablets can also be used as a supplement.
In cases where the test person has amalgam fillings in the mouth disposing a fair amount of mercury, the zinc test may be less precise. The zinc liquid might cause a nasty, metallic taste in the mouth in spite of the zinc deficiency in the body.
Zinc supports the pineal gland in the brain, which secretes melatonin, allowing for deeper and more restorative sleep to help insulin work well. Adequate zinc also helps fight sugar cravings. Never exceed 100 mg. a day of zinc, and reassess your clients every month.
Last para extracted from CHEK Report Newsletter
To find out if you're low in zinc, ask your local health food store for a nutritional test called the "Zinc Talley." It's one of the easiest and most accurate ways to determine a zinc deficiency.
Take the following zinc questionnaire. If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may have some degree of zinc deficiency:
- Have you lost much of your sense of taste and smell?
- Do you have adult acne, even if you didn't have it as a teenager?
- Do you get frequent colds and flu, usually with an ear infection?
- Is your hair going prematurely gray? Does it grow slowly? Is your hair texture dry with brittle ends?
- Do your nails have white flecks? Do they peel and fray easily? Do they grow abnormally slowly?
- Do you have an enlarged prostate (BPH) or prostatitis?
- Is your skin dry and cracked? Do you get fungal skin infections? Do cuts or rashes heal slowly? Do you sunburn easily?
- Have you been diagnosed with macular degeneration? Are your eyes overly sensitive to sunlight?
- Does your body have trouble with sugar balance? Do you have diabetes or hypoglycemia?
- Do you have a history of low sperm counts? Have you ever suffered from impotence or erection problems?
- Do you get often get herpes-type mouth sores? Are your lips regularly dry, cracked or chapped?
..."SIGNS OF ZINC DEFICIENCY: One easily recognized sign of zinc deficiency is white spots, bands, and lines on finger nails. An occasional white spot is usually evidence that the immune system overcame a bacterial or some other systemic infection, and is a positive, not negative sign. Some women will have multiple parallel white bands or lines on their fingernails marking menstrual cycles in marginal zinc deficiency. According to some biomedical researchers, human zinc deficiency may be correctable only by a therapeutic intake of 100 to 150 mg zinc per day taken orally for a few months. Significantly exceeding 150 mg per day to correct serum zinc deficiency is rarely warranted, and often causes nausea and vomiting, and may have other deleterious effects on health, primarily through depletion of serum copper. Some researchers suggest adding trace amounts of copper and vitamin B-6 with supplemental therapeutic doses of zinc to help reestablish proper zinc serum levels."...
posted by Chris Gupta on Sunday November 16 2003
updated on Saturday September 24 2005
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