The link between zinc and taste perception

Pharmacist and Master Herbalist Gerald Quigley discusses zinc insufficiency and how it can impact on your sense of taste and smell.

The area of the brain responsible for the sensations of taste and smell needs adequate levels of zinc to function efficiently.

About 40 per cent of the Australian population is at risk of zinc deficiency.

Many Australians don’t eat the recommended intake of fruits and vegetables. If you can’t absorb adequate amounts of zinc from zinc-containing foods, a supplement may be necessary.

Zinc supplements are available in many forms, including liquid, powder, capsule or tablet.

There is also a ‘zinc test’ that can show your levels by the taste perception of liquid zinc.

Natural forms:

  • Zinc: egg yolks, liver, milk, oysters, capsicum, milk, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and seafood.

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