Zinc is a vital mineral for the body that is part of several enzymes that in turn affect the turnover of carbohydrates, nucleic acids, proteins and vitamins. Zinc is also important for our immune system. The risk of zinc deficiency is relatively low in Sweden because zinc is found in dairy, meat and whole grain products, but zinc deficiency can occur if the intake of zinc is too low via the diet.
Lack of zinc can result in skin changes, hair loss, decreased appetite, wound healing and reduced immune system. The risk of zinc deficiency increases with a vegetarian or low-protein diet. The zinc test shows your zinc value and gives you good conditions for optimizing your zinc intake.
This is how it works: The test is a blood test that is carried out through a venous blood sample during a physical visit to the selected sampling unit.
Sample response: You normally have a response within 6 working days after taking the sample. The test answer is sent digitally to your e-mail. Together with your test results, you will receive a report in English about your values and the doctor's comment. In case of major deviations from the reference value, the doctor will call you.
To think about: Before taking the sample, you should avoid eating (10 hours), also abstain from alcohol the day before taking the sample. It is important to completely avoid anti-inflammatory drugs, pain or fever reducers or a recently completed antibiotic treatment before sampling.
Remember: Bring valid identification with you when taking the sample.
Zinc deficiency affects adults and children in different ways. In children, zinc deficiency can inhibit growth and contribute to impaired development. In adults, zinc deficiency causes skin changes, a reduced appetite and also impaired wound healing.
The daily recommended intake of zinc is approximately 7 mg/day for women and 9 mg/day for men. For pregnant and lactating women, the recommended daily intake is 11 milligrams. These recommendations apply to those who eat a mixed animal-vegetable diet. If you eat food that is vegetarian or low in protein, an additional 25-30% more zinc is recommended according to the Swedish Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket).
Through a mixed animal-vegetable diet of e.g. whole grain products, dairy products, meat, mussels, nuts and cheese you get zinc through your diet as these are rich in zinc and good sources.
The test will be launched shortly.
The sampling is performed by experienced staff at one of our clinics in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Test results and (including any travel certificate) are sent digitally via e-mail.
We will always send you the test result within the same day.
Simple, safe and smooth sampling.
The sample is sent for analysis.
The result is sent digitally.