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Zinc - Urine

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Zinc is necessary for immune function, wound healing, taste, smell and is essential for cell division and growth. Zinc also removes toxic metals such as copper, lead and mercury from the brain. Zinc is present in many tissues throughout the body but is not stored at any particular site. Therefore poor absorption can result in a zinc deficiency.

What might a low result mean?

The levels of zinc in the body decreases in response to infections so a low result does not necessarily indicate a zinc deficiency. As zinc is mainly bound to albumin when transported around the body, it can be useful to interpret zinc results alongside albumin results.

What might a high result mean?

High levels of zinc are rare as usually excess zinc is excreted in the urine and faeces. Excessive supplementation of zinc can be damaging to the kidneys.