Mild cases of zinc deficiency will cause weight loss, some loss of taste and smell, some swelling of the tongue and mouth, slow growth, hair loss, rashes, low sperm count, delayed wound healing and inflammation of the nail bed.
If you are pregnant it is important to take a higher dosage of zinc. Zinc deficiency in the mother has been linked to low birth weight, premature birth and anencephaly (a tragic malformation of the fetus.)
More Severe cases of zinc deficiency will cause a stop in growth and maturation of children, sometimes resulting in a form of dwarfism. Poor testicular functioning can result. There will also be increased problems with the eye such as, optic neuritis, cataract formation, and poor color formation. Zinc deficiency will also lead to immune disorders, and dermatitis.
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