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Too much perfume? Could be a zinc deficiency.
Posted by: karennd ()
Date: October 22, 2007 04:22PM

This article was from nutritiondata.com. I thought it was interesting.

Their nutrient search tool shows the highest veggie source to be mushrooms, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds. I also saw parsley had some.

Too much perfume? Could be a zinc deficiency.

Do you know someone who wears too much perfume or cologne? Although it's extremely unpleasant for their co-workers and those sitting close to them at the movie theater or on the commuter train, these folks usually have no idea that their scent is over-powering to those around them. And in fact, it may be the result a nutritional deficiency.

At the recent annual conference of the American College of Nutrition, researchers presented results of an intriguing study that found that those who over-apply scents have dramatically lower zinc levels than normal. In addition to affecting your sense of taste and smell, zinc is critical for a healthy immune response and neurological function.

It can be touchy to approach someone about what seems like a personal grooming matter. But if anyone has ever hinted to you that your cologne might be a little over-the-top, consider the possibility that low zinc levels are rendering your sniffer unreliable.

Good food sources of zinc include meat, dairy products, shell-fish, nuts, and beans. (Here's a more complete list of foods rich in zinc, generated with ND's Nutrient Search Tool. The Recommended Daily Allowance is around 10mg per day.

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