The Unique Benefits of Zinc: Dr. Berg Explains It’s Vital Importance

Identifying early signs of zinc deficiency can help you prevent advanced problems related to a lack of zinc. Learn how.

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The First Sign of Zinc Deficiency:


0:00 Introduction: The importance of zinc
0:10 Zinc explained
0:32 Side effects of zinc deficiency
3:18 The most common sign of zinc deficiency
4:30 Zinc deficiency causes
5:20 The best sources of zinc
6:25 What does zinc do?
8:32 Learn more about the dark side of zinc!

Let’s talk about zinc. Zinc is involved in 300 different enzymes and over 1000 factors related to DNA.

Zinc is involved in your sleep cycles, cognitive function, and making neurotransmitters. Having low zinc increases your risk of diabetes.

Zinc also makes up an important group of antioxidants involved with your brain, heart, and muscles. It even helps reduce oxidative stress involved with the mitochondria.

Instead of masking a symptom related to zinc deficiency or any other health issue, it's crucial to get to the deeper problem to help prevent further concerns. Learning how to support a healthy body and avoid health issues or recognize the early stages of one is much more simple than trying to fight a health problem.

Side effects of advanced zinc deficiency can include:
• Loss of appetite
• Necrosis
• Ulcers
• Hypogonadism
• Low testosterone
• Thymus atrophy
• High cortisol
• Muscle loss

The organ that is most affected by zinc deficiency is the pancreas. The most common early sign of zinc deficiency is foul-smelling stool that floats.

Other early signs of zinc deficiency include:
• Shortness of breath upon exertion
• Cramping
• Diarrhea
• Abdominal pain
• Bloating

Top causes of zinc deficiency:
• Lack of zinc in the diet
• Malabsorption
• Inflammation in the gut
• Phytates or phytic acid (grains)
• Consuming sugar
• Diabetes
• Stress
• Drinking alcohol
• Infection

Foods rich in zinc:
1. Oysters
2. Crab
3. Other shellfish
4. Meats
5. Fish
6. Nuts

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis and intermittent fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of the early signs of zinc deficiency. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. Thuy Wu on September 29, 2023 at 10:08 am

    Great advice and content. Thank you very much Doctor Berg. Have a good weekend ❤❤❤❤❤

  2. Grace on September 29, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Watching you age fills me with both nostalgia and joy. The experience of learning through your informative videos has been an incredible journey, and I eagerly anticipate continuing this lifelong learning adventure with you in the future .

    Thank you 🙂

    • Socialist Forum on September 29, 2023 at 4:43 pm

      He has transformed my health from worse to better.I will defend him anytime anywhere.

  3. Daniel Fenton on September 29, 2023 at 10:24 am

    Thanks for another great informative video Dr, Berg! I have actually been taking zinc supplements since I was in my 20’s, (I’m now in my 60’s) and I’m glad I did, when I was a kid I sometimes got mouth ulcers, never had any again since I started taking zinc.

    • Chris Hanson on September 29, 2023 at 11:03 am

      Now that you mention that, neither have I. They were common all through my childhood and teen years.

    • Ian Stuart on September 29, 2023 at 1:22 pm


    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on September 29, 2023 at 1:26 pm


    • TruthSeeker on September 29, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      Are you referring to canker sores?

  4. Old Movie Watching with Rob on September 29, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Good to learn more about this. Going to try to incorporate more shellfish into my diet. Thanks Dr. Berg.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on September 29, 2023 at 1:18 pm

      Very good. Enjoy!

  5. seleso likopo on September 29, 2023 at 10:46 am

    I’m glad that you are still around Dr Berg with great health content ❤️

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on September 29, 2023 at 10:55 am

      Thank you for watching!

    • Anonymous on September 29, 2023 at 12:37 pm

      ​@DrEricBergDC doesn’t biofilm steal zinc, magnesium, iron for it’s benefit?

    • Anonymous on September 29, 2023 at 12:41 pm

      ​@DrEricBergDC if there is a zinc defiency maybe because biofilm and pathogens are absorbing it, especially around the pancreas?

    • Paul Rossi on September 29, 2023 at 5:37 pm

      ​@Dr. Eric Berg DC Dr. Berg do eggs contain zinc?

  6. S P on September 29, 2023 at 10:52 am

    My 4 daily immune system boosters are : Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, and Quercetin. Loved the Art of War reference.

    • Scott Capron on September 29, 2023 at 12:06 pm

      I do also FLCCC alliance immunity protocol to prevent COVID, I am 66.5 years old never vaxxed and never had COVID

    • Hadrian on September 29, 2023 at 12:13 pm

      All the ingredients you need to defeat and overcome Covid. Though, this is beyond Fauci’s understanding.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on September 29, 2023 at 1:02 pm

      Awesome. Keep up the good work!

    • Melianna on September 29, 2023 at 2:45 pm

      I was mine during so called covid. I stopped 18 months ago. No change so far.

  7. Foltz Art on September 29, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Zinc is the Word of the Day . ❤🎉 Happy Friday Dr Berg ✨️✌️

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on September 29, 2023 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you. Happy Friday!

    • Hossein Haydari on September 29, 2023 at 2:01 pm

      ​@Dr. Eric Berg DC how much copper with 20mg zink should i take ?

  8. Lisa Hause on September 29, 2023 at 11:16 am

    This video is right up my alley! I stopped eating healthy carbs, sugar & all gluten products…ate more beef! Wow…amazing results! I got more zinc than ever before! I am feeling like a new person! Lost weight, sleeping better & more energy than ever! This is a great video…thank You, Mr. Dr. Eric Berg DC!!! 🤗👍🏻

    • Judy Young on September 29, 2023 at 11:51 am

      Can I ask you how you lost your weight? The reason I am asking is I have to lose weight and a lot of it!!

    • Lisa Hause on September 29, 2023 at 12:06 pm

      @judyyoung9397, basically what I said in the 1st comment…eating beef 🥩 hamburger, steak , country beef ribs & eating salmon . Sometimes sardines & many chicken eggs too! Eliminating carbs, sugar & all gluten products! I eat at around from 10:30am or 11:00am 1st meal, than again 2nd meal is at 5:00pm or 5:30pm. I am not hungry for desserts! The meat satisfies my real hungry pains… it is a life style change. My skin is looking better too! Good luck & better health to you! 👍🏻

    • Denise Main on September 29, 2023 at 1:52 pm

      Thankyou Dr Berg.. great information.

  9. Mad Wez on September 29, 2023 at 11:50 am

    My dad has issues with the Prostate but 5 to 10 years before he started to lose hair, rashes on the skin, losing appetite, lack of vision, losing the capacity to smell, muscle weakness and he was a zinc deficient now i know but if i knew it then i could helped him to avoid having an hard time with the prostate after this symptoms. because it shows but people go and think its because of aging and that is not 100% fact.

  10. Chaima Zoghbi on September 29, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Just love these short videos that tell us so much about our health!! Dr berg is the first doctor i followed on youtube and i’ve never been disappointed !!

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on September 29, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you very much for your trust and support. Have a nice day!

  11. Victor O. Akins on September 29, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you Dr Berg. I’m a diehard fan of your work. May God continue to enlarge your coast beyond your wildest imagination. Thanks for all you do. We truly appreciate you.

  12. Forest Lady on September 29, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    I like to start my day watching your videos. Inspiring and educational. ❤😊

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on September 29, 2023 at 2:31 pm

      Glad you enjoy my videos! Thanks for watching!

  13. Mimi on September 29, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you so much. Your advices are life changing doctor. Been following your videos and teaching for a long time and this has really made my life better.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on September 29, 2023 at 2:33 pm

      So glad to hear that! My pleasure!

  14. Maritoni Portugal on September 29, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you Dr. Berg for sharing your knowledge. I have learned so much from you. Good job.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on September 29, 2023 at 3:11 pm

      Glad to hear that. Stay safe and healthy!

  15. Paul R Hewitt on September 29, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    Good to see you again Doctor. You should be nominated for a Nobel Prize for Medicine in my humble opinion!!!❤❤

    • gary straub on September 29, 2023 at 2:50 pm


    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on September 29, 2023 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind message. Appreciate it!

    • Caroline on September 29, 2023 at 3:14 pm

      I agree ☝️

    • C on September 29, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      ​@Dr. Eric Berg DCyes! You are a Nobel prize winner in my book! But of course, people like Obama get one for doing nothing but harm!! In my world. . YOU ARE A WINNER!!!🎉❤

  16. Cedric Harris on September 29, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    Fantastic video, and right on time. I was just taking my morning zinc and having my “4 to 5” eggs. I think I’ve found my sweet spot around 25mg/d. I get energy, clear skin, and an all around good feeling, without any negative side effects. I’m glad that you’re putting this information out there. I feel like zinc deficiency is the number one nutritional crisis in America.

  17. C on September 29, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you so much Dr Berg! I think everyone in the world should be following you!!!❤

  18. latha sellappan on September 29, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    Awesome video Dr. Berg. Love all your videos. Please suggest veg options also while making videos. Being vegetarian it’s difficult for me to get all vit and minerals 😌

  19. e n on September 29, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    We LOVE YOU Dr. Berg for sharing your knowledge to us all!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  20. P Brooks on September 29, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    You helped me lose weight with keto and OMAD. Now, you are apparently helping me balance my nutrition. Thanks very much.

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