Dr. Berg: Coronavirus Patients Low in Zinc – Why They’ve Lost the Sense of Smell

Coronavirus Destroys Sense of Smell: Why?


Dr. Eric Berg DC

There is an additional symptom of the coronavirus—the loss of smell. Why could this be happening?


0:03 Coronavirus symptoms 

0:24 Newly discovered coronavirus symptoms 

0:49 The enzyme involved in taste and smell

1:09 Zinc and the loss of the sense of smell and taste

1:40 What causes anosmia?

4:33 Zinc is incredibly important

Today we’re going to talk about why the coronavirus causes the loss of smell. 

Some coronavirus symptoms:

• Fever

• Tired

• Cough (dry)

• Shortness of breath

• Sore throat 

Recently it has been found that there can be an additional symptom, and it’s the loss of smell. The medical name for a loss of smell is “anosmia.” You can also have a loss of taste.

What might cause this to happen?

There is a certain enzyme that’s involved in your perception of smell and taste. It’s called carbonic anhydrase 6. This essential enzyme for the sense of taste and smell is zinc-dependent. Big symptoms of a zinc deficiency are actually a loss of the sense of smell and a loss of the sense of taste. 

I think the reason for the symptom of a loss of smell could be a zinc deficiency. When you go through an infection, especially in your lungs, you use up a lot of zinc. Zinc is not stored that well in the body. So, unless your constantly consuming zinc, chances are you’re going to be zinc deficiency. On top of that, with an infection, you could be even more zinc deficient. 

Potential anosmia causes that could be connected to zinc:

• Upper respiratory infection 

• Nasal polyp 

• Idiopathic hypogonadotropic hypogonadism 

• Hypothyroid 

• Antibiotics 

• Diabetes 

• Cushing’s syndrome 

• Cadmium poisoning

• Zinc deficiency 

• Kallmann syndrome 

• Primary ciliary dyskinesia 

A loss of smell could potentially be because of a zinc deficiency. Taking zinc might not only help improve the sense of smell, but it also might help increase the strength of the immune system. Overall, zinc is a vitally important mineral. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:

Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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