Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional. Visit dr­libby.com.

Low­ered lev­els of zinc can lead to poor blood glu­cose man­age­ment, sugar crav­ings, loss of ap­petite, lousy di­ges­tion, poor re­sis­tance to in­fec­tion, skin in­fec­tions, low­ered fer­til­ity, tis­sue re­pair, scar­ring and a wide range of other prob­lems. Zinc rich foods in­clude oys­ters, beef and lamb, pump­kin seeds, and sun­flower seeds. You might also con­sider tak­ing a good qual­ity sup­ple­ment if you know you are zinc de­fi­cient.

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