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175: How do you know if skin problems are from zinc deficiency?

Masterjohn Q&A Files Episode 175


Question: How do you know if skin problems are from zinc deficiency?

I would measure plasma zinc and if the plasma zinc, the sweet spot is around 120. If the plasma zinc is in the 70 to 90 range, that's borderline and if it's below 70, that's very clearly potentially related to skin problems. I think you have your answer right there. If your zinc's at 120, your skin problems, are not due to the zinc deficiency.

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080: Ask Me Anything About Nutrition, December 2, 2020

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