Zinc is necessary for the proper functioning of the immune system. This essential trace element is required for the activity of over 300 enzymes and is involved in most major metabolic pathways. The immune system depends on zinc in almost every aspect. Zinc bolsters the immune system and makes wounds heal faster. It is integral to the growth and maintenance of body tissues. It also plays a major role in the development of fetuses and the growth of children.
General signs of zinc deficiency are sleep disturbances, diarrhea, poor appetite, unhealthy skin, behavioral problems, inability to heal wounds, and chronic infections. Some individuals who have consistently low zinc values may have a genetic condition called pyroluria. This condition causes abnormally high kryptopyrroles in the urine which binds to zinc making it unavailable to the body.
Zinc has an inverse relationship with copper in the body. This means that as zinc goes down, copper goes up and vice versa. The evaluation of these metals are more relevant when they are observed in tandem with each other.
All kits include:
- 1.) The Doctor's Order required to access testing
- 2.) The collection kit for a home collection or blood draw.
- 3.) All shipping supplies required including a prepaid mailer to return your sample to the lab for testing.
- 4.) Results by email
- 5) Consultation with health coach.
**Blood draw fee not included.
Biotinase deficiency, an inborn error of metabolism in autism and Rett’s syndrome, is dependent on Zinc. Biotinase helps to break down peptides, including those with opiate-type reactivity.
Combining zinc supplementation with cimetidine (Tagamet) has proven to be very successful in the treatment of recurrent infections in patients with immune deficiency
(Int J Clin Lab Research 27: 79-80, 1997)
2 mL of serum drawn into a royal blue-topped no additive tube is the absolute minimum. The serum must be removed from the specimen within 4 hours of collection.
About the Manufacturer
The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. is the world leader in providing testing for nutritional factors in chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, autism and ADD.
They offer a variety of metabolic tests such as immune deficiency evaluation, amino acid tests, essential fatty acid tests, glutathione levels, metal toxicity and food allergies tests.
We provide the doctors order. You collect your specimens at home or at a lab near you then mail to the lab. You receive the test results.