Why is my zinc so high on HTMA?
"Good Morning Gary,
I am still thinking about zinc.
If the zinc in our HTMA is so high, I don't understand why that means it's all in the hair, getting excreted, and not in our cells in a usable form.
If we supposedly get so much zinc from the plants we eat from our veggie garden (the only identifiable reason for our high levels), then surely that must be a good source?
How would that be different from taking a zinc supplement?
How would I know that a zinc supplement wouldn't increase our levels even more? just some thoughts.
Assessing mineral levels deep within the body, via Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA), can be difficult at the best of times. Zinc is no exception.
New Zealand soils are very low in minerals such as zinc, selenium and cobalt. Unless the food you are eating has grown in soil that has zinc added to it, you can assume there is insufficient zinc. I think we can say this about just about all food that is grown anywhere these days. Soil, worldwide, is depleted. Farmers and market gardeners put nutrients on the soil which grow plants and these may not include everything a human requires for good health. This also applies to organic farming: if zinc is not added to the soil, there will be little zinc in what is grown.
Selenium and zinc are used by the immune system to combat tissue inflammation and infections such as yeast, viral and fungal ones. By the way, zinc regulates taste, smell and appetite; hence the loss of taste and smell when one has an infection such as COVID. This has been known for decades and is hardly a mystery. An expert who says this a mystery is either lying to scare you or they need to go back to school.
If there is chronic inflammation or infection, usually subclinical, zinc will be high on HTMA, usually relative to Mo. If both Se and Zn are elevated above the general lie of the land, we can be quite confident there is a degree of inflammation, most likely driven by a yeast, viral or fungal infection. A diet that is high in pro-inflammatory foods may do the same, as might the presence of toxins such as lead and cadmium. In my opinion, most people are "inflamed" and this shows in HTMA.
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