health & dyslexia: diet & nutrition


Zinc Deficiencies & Dyslex

Zinc is one of our body’s most important trace minerals and there have been some research studies to show that people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties have been linked to a deficiency of this mineral.

what does zinc do?

Zinc is an essential mineral that is plays an important part in the body’s immune system. Zinc also helps to maintain fertility in adults, growth in children and boosts the immune system. A shortage can affect the healing process because the body is unable to store it; therefore it is vital that we eat enough in our daily diet to stay healthy.

Whilst Zinc can be found in many foods, it can be so easily blocked or destroyed by various things including: tannin (found in; tea, coffee and alcohol) and food colourings and additives.

how would i know if someone was zinc deficient?

The most common symptoms of zinc deficiency are:

* Lack of appetite.
* Skin problems
* White marks on fingernails
* Dandruff
* Loss of taste sensation
* Tiredness.

where can zinc be found?

Zinc can be found in many foods including:

* Lean meat
* Liver
* Cheddar cheese
* Chicken
* Eggs
* Wholemeal breads, wheat germ
* Whole grain cereals
* Dried beans (black-eyed peas)
* Fish (particularly herrings)
* Oysters
* Tofu
* Seafood.

zinc: research and dyslexia

There is some research to show that children with dyslexia and ADHD are zinc deficient. However, this research is still in its infancy and a lot more work needs to be done to give us all a clearer picture.

fatty acids & vegetarians

If you are a vegetarian, you can still get your fatty acids from several different things, including:

* Flaxseed Oil
* Flaxseed, Ground
* Rapeseed Oil
* Walnuts
* Tofu.