Studies show that vegetarians and in particular vegans are at risk of developing a deficiency in the mineral zinc.
Raw vegan diets are even more prone to Zinc deficiency as they often eliminate the half decent plant food sources that there are for zinc such as beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and even wholegrains to a degree.
Another issue is that strict vegan diets are excessively rich in the mineral Copper and low in balancing Zinc by comparison. Copper and Zinc compete with each other, so diets low in zinc and rich in copper can cause zinc deficiency symptoms.
Symptoms of Zinc deficiency can include weak immune system/frequent infections, vertical ridges on the nails/white spots, adrenal fatigue, hormonal disorders, low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, low stomach acid/digestive problems, opportunistic infections such as candida overgrowth and much more.
A good RAW and Vegan Zinc supplement id recommend is from the manufacturer Garden Of Life.
Vitamin Code Raw Zinc supplies a good amount of Zinc at 30mg and contains 100% of the daily value for Vitamin C.
Also features a Raw Veggie Mineral Blend of 17 Raw, organically grown vegetables with
75 ancient soil-based alkalizing trace minerals ad a Raw Probiotic and
Enzyme Blend for optimal digestion.
Garden of Life, Vitamin Code, Raw Zinc, 60 Veggie Caps is available from IHERB.
It is always wise to consult a professional before making any diet and lifestyle changes.