Zinc is an essential mineral and antioxidant that has a role in several of the body's most important functions, from cell formation to testosterone levels. It is an essential part of your body’s defense against oxidative stress.
Zinc is required for a healthy immune system, healthy skin, strong bones, wound healing, recovery after exercise, and healthy aging. Even minor deficiency can result in frequent coughs and colds. It is involved in the expression of genes and is therefore especially important in growth stages, such as pregnancy, lactation and in childhood.
This test requires a blood draw, which can be done at your local clinic. It will be analysed by an accredited lab, such as Karolinska, Aleris or Unilabs. The first results are usually available within 48h.
The day before Fasting for 10 (but preferably 12) is recommended because zinc concentrations may decrease after eating meals.
On the day Remember to take I.D with you.
What happens next?
The lab sends the results to your personal dashboard, with comments from both a doctor and a nutritionist. If results are abnormal, we recommend seeing a doctor and, if appropriate, booking an appointment with a Nordic Wellth nutrition lifestyle specialist.
Why test zinc?
Discover your risk factors for lifestyle diseases in time to do something about them.
Monitor low or insufficient zinc levels, particularly if often sick, wounds heal slowly, or recovery is slow after exertion.
Vegetarians, vegans, those avoiding red meat/seafood and heavy drinkers may lack zinc.
Zinc is very important for healthy aging, especially for immune system function after age 60.
Including diarrhoea, impaired wound healing, acne, eczema, dermatitis, mouth ulcers, impaired growth in children, or low testosterone.
Regular coughs and colds, dry skin that marks easily, or you have a chronic illness that affects zinc levels (e.g., malabsorption syndrome, GI disease, liver disease, diabetes, anorexia nervosa).
, fertility, and breastfeeding
Zinc improves fertility in both sexes, increasing sperm production in men.
Low zinc levels can lower resilience, reduce performance, and impair muscle development.
You take a drug, such as hydrocortisone or prednisone, which increases the need for zinc.