Watching someone doing the Zinc Taste Test is fun. It looks like they are tasting water. After taking a sip they swill the "zinc water" around in the mouth and then they react…
Some with a "Tastes sweet", most with "There's no taste at all" and the fun ones are the people who protest that the "taste is horrible".
Zinc is one of the most important minerals in our food and one that is quite likely to be missing.
Not only because we may not eat enough of zinc containing foods such as garlic, wheat germ, chickpeas or dark chocolate. Or even chomping on seeds such as pumpkin, squash, sunflower, sesame or watermelon seeds!
If your zinc status is low then any of the hundreds of uses of zinc in your body may be sub par.
Such as your sense of taste. This depends on your zinc status – if low then your food will taste bland and you will likely put more salt or strong tasting flavouring on your meals. There is a saying that you can tell the age of the cook by the amount of salt in the food.
We often lack minerals such as zinc as we age and make up for it by adding salt!
And your immune system. Extra zinc gives a boost to the white cells in our blood and to our anti-body response to vaccines.
Not to be left out – our bones benefit from zinc because it gives a boost to an enzyme that helps strengthen and mineralise bones and teeth.
Wounds too – including gastrointestinal ulcers.
Among the many enzymes that depend on zinc is alcohol dehydrogenase which helps detox the liver.
Finally let's mention that it is crucial in treating PMS and problems of infertility.
So I hope you can see just how important zinc is and that it is well worth buying a Zinc Taste Test!
What To do after You Have Failed The Test
First of all I want to offer my congrats if you failed.
First of all it means that you learned something and took action. Second you know something crucial about your diet and supplements – that you are not taking enough zinc.
So next all you need to do is take a zinc supplement…
If you have looked at zinc supplements on Amazon or in a good health store you may have thought, "Too Much Choice Already!"
So as a short guide…
As a general guide go for chelated minerals and avoid oxides and sulphates.
Oxides are fine for industry but they are usually poorly absorbed by your body and sulphates are more likely to cause nausea.
So try a good supplement for a month or 2 and do a taste test again. If you are still deficient try taking 2 tablets a day and if you fail after that try a different zinc supplement.
Still failing? – see a Naturopath or Nutritionist or other health professional because you may a high level of copper in your blood that is interfering with your zinc. One possible cause is the Contraceptive Pill
And if you passed your Taste Test then again I'd say, "Congratulations and check again in a month or two".
By the way the manufacturers of the Taste test will often encourage you to use their Test liquid as a zinc supplement. I don't advise you to do this because it will turn out to be cost more than using a good zinc chelate daily and the Taste test monthly.
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