Hair Analysis Notes
Zinc is considered a "masculine" mineral, because of its importance in the formation of male sexual hormones.
High Hair Zinc:
· An elevated zinc level is commonly due to a loss of zinc from the body tissues. In these cases, zinc supplements will often be recommended.
· Zinc levels may appear high to help compensate for copper toxicity. Thus high zinc can be a tipoff of a hidden copper toxicity.
· Use of Head and Shoulders shampoo occasionally results in an elevated zinc reading.
· Cadmium toxicity can cause a zinc reading to appear high.
Low Hair Zinc:
· Zinc will often read low if the sodium/potassium ratio is less than 2.5:1. In this case, it is not always wise to give much zinc.
· Zinc is commonly low in "fast" oxidizers.
· Very low zinc levels are often associated with emotional instability and with problems of growth and development in children.