Friday, January 8, 2010

Zinc in pregnacy - possible link to fertility issues?

Trouble conceiving seems to be endemic in the Western culture. I'm sure that there are a raft of reasons for such issues. I am convinced that one of the factors is dietary related. So in stumbling upon a 1983 paper discussion zinc levels in pregnant rats I found it fascinating that rats on a zinc deficient diet (1% of abundant levels) put 240 – 330% more zinc into becoming pregnant than they were eating.

Know this shows two things. Firstly that the body has zinc stored in it that can be used. Secondly it shows the importance of zinc to conception and pregnancy....... therefore the question I have is could long term low zinc intake be part of the problem with pregnancy? I hope to find the answers as we journey in the adventure of life.  

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