Fatigue is a symptom of mild deficiency of zinc so perhaps Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue could be helped with the intake of foods containing zinc. Fatigue is a widespread

problem in the world even without chronic illness. Zinc is one of those minerals our bodies do not produce and we need to be replenished by our food intake or supplement. Zinc does so

much yet we hear so little about it. Perhaps because it got a bad wrap from the FDA but if you read the whole story “The Stink about Zinc” you will see that it was based on the topical

use of zinc in a nasal spray that they think caused a loss of smell. Zinc is vital to your well being.


In the book The Healing Foods they link zinc and acne, colds and wound healing.

Zinc: The Healing Mineral

– part of certain enzymes some of which metabolize protein, carbohydrate and alcohol

– helps in making protein and building bones

– affects the senses of smell and tastes

– aids in healing wounds

Symptoms of mild deficiency are:

– poor appetite

– supoptimal growth

– reduced sense of taste and smell

– scaly skin

– delayed wound healing

– fatigue

– hair loss

– diarrhea

– reduced resistance to infection

Some have special need to zinc.

– acrodermatitis enteropathica

A number of chronic health problems may interfere with zinc nutrition, these include:

– alcoholism

– chronic infections

– inflammatory diseases

– diabetes

– kidney disease

– pancreatic disease

– psoriasis

– certain kinds of anemia

Large amounts of zinc may be lost due to

– surgery

– burns

– multiple injuries

What do we eat?


1 cup cooked beans

2 slices rye bread

2 slices whole wheat bread

1/2 chicken breast

4 oz chicken meat

4 to 5 hard-shell clams

8 oz surf clams

1 cup cottage cheese

1 oz 40 Bran cereal

1 cup lentils

1 cup lima beans

1 cup lobster meat

1 cup milk

1 cup oatmeal

1 oz puffed oat cerial

1 cup peas

1 medium baked potato

1 cup brown rice

4 oz salmon

7 oz spaghetti and meatballs

1 cup spinach

1 oz shredded wheat

4 oz white turkey meat

1 tablspoon toasted wheat germ

4 oz whitefish fillet

1 cup plain low-fat yogurt


4 oz lamb

4 oz lean pork

4 oz dark turkey meat


4 oz lean beef

1 cup crabmeat

1 cup cowpeas

4 oz oysters


Cowpeas?? What the heck are cowpeas? : )