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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

Loss of Taste and Smell: The Zinc Connection!

Updated: Mar 13

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A reader, a physically very active man, wrote:

"Hi Gary, for about the last 6 months I have had no sense of smell. Not vaccinated, and did test positive to covid in 2022, very mild,like common cold.

May have had a cold or covid since but did not test.

Before 2020, I was using zinc+, serapeptase, as per your hair test, but have not taken them for at least a year.

Any thoughts on loss of smell, or knowledge of similar cases?"


(Gary Moller, a healthcare professional with over fifty years of experience, has written this essay to offer his insights. The essay does not aim to diagnose health issues or give treatment recommendations, but instead to encourage thoughtful discussions on significant health matters).


Please take a few minutes to read this article:

And read this one:

As I say in the article, vaccinated or not, we are all in this together.

Zinc = Taste and Smell

We could serve the best meals on Earth in our hospitals, but patients will still go for the ice cream and jelly, leaving the roast meat and vegetables to go cold. The reason for this is simple: Already low zinc stores in the body are severely stressed during times of fighting infections, inflammation, and for tissue healing and regeneration. My experience, from testing is that few people, if any, have adequate amounts of tissue zinc. Let me explain the significance of low-tissue zinc and connect a few spots.

Loss of smell = anosmia Loss of taste = hypogeusia

Zinc for growth and healing

Zinc is needed for the generation of neurotransmitters for the senses, including taste and smell, and also for hormones and digestion, and for healing and growth. If zinc stores are consequently depleted by injury and illness, then the person may, following recovery, suffer an ongoing loss of taste and smell, loss of appetite, picky eating, and over-eating. Similarly, there may be an unusual liking for certain foods, such as may be experienced during the first trimester of pregnancy, or during the growth and hormone surges of puberty. Anorexia and bulimia are closely associated with the hormone and growth surges of puberty and a history of a diet that is low in zinc.

It is worth noting that physical activity is an enormous drain on zinc stores, and athletes therefore have a greater need for zinc and other minerals than most people. This applies to our man with the loss of taste and smell following COVID. His HTMA also indicates the overall loss of zinc from his body, which is usually an indicator of elevated inflammation, from a low-level infection or even intense or prolonged exercise.

While the role of zinc in preventing or reducing anosmia and hypogeusia in COVID-19 patients is still being studied, and more research is needed to fully understand its effectiveness, I already know enough not to wait about. There is enough evidence, and my clinical experience to suggest that zinc supplementation is beneficial in both combating the disease, the jab, as well as their consequences.

Is it the spike, or is it the virus, or is it both?

I believe the main culprit for the loss of taste and smell is not the virus, although it is important, but the spike protein, which is like snake venom and extremely inflammatory. We, therefore are best to consider the mRNA vaccine, which instructs a person's cells to manufacture spike protein for may months, and the virus as being similarly damaging. However, because the viral infection may cause the manufacture of spike protein for only a matter of a week or two, I think the vaccine is far worse, especially when administered repeatedly as a "booster".

Zinc, the immune-booster

Zinc can help reduce the duration and severity of symptoms associated with the common cold, which often includes a loss of taste and smell. Zinc has been found to inhibit the replication of respiratory viruses, including corona-viruses, and may help to boost the immune response against these infections.

In addition to its antiviral properties, zinc is also involved in the production of mucus, which is essential for maintaining a healthy respiratory system. Adequate mucus production helps to trap and remove viruses and other foreign particles, preventing them from reaching the olfactory receptors and causing damage.

Zinc is but one member of a powerful team of nutrients

While zinc supplementation may be beneficial, it should not be seen as a standalone treatment for COVID-19, the jab, or their consequences. Zinc should be taken as part of a nutrient-dense diet and in consultation with a healthcare professional. Excessive zinc intake can have adverse effects on the body, and it is important to follow recommended dosage guidelines, and in conjunction with companion nutrients, of which there are many.

Zinc supports repairing damage to the smell and taste receptors, as might other nutrients such as copper, iron, manganese, selenium, acetyl-l-carnitine, and taurine, but these are best determined by hair tissue testing and consultation with an experienced health professional. Whether there is a full recovery is best evaluated on a case-by-case basis and over a long time, best measured in years, rather than months.

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