Do Berkey Filters Remove Zinc?

Yes, Berkey water filters remove zinc. Independent lab tests show that berkeys filter out at least 99.9% of zinc.

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What is Zinc?

Zinc is the 30th element on the Periodic Table of Elements. It is one of the most commonly used metals and naturally occurs in many foods. Zinc is essential to human body functioning. It is critical for metabolism, immune function, healing cuts and scrapes, growth, and more. One of the most noticeable symptoms of lack of zinc is the loss of smell and taste. The body does not have the capabilities to store zinc so it should be consumed every day to maintain functions.


Why You Would Want to Filter Zinc Out of Your Drinking Water?

The main reason that it could be beneficial to remove zinc from drinking water is to take extra precautions against zinc overdose. While zinc is necessary for bodily functions it can pose serious health issues if consumed in excess. Most people get adequate zinc from food such as oysters, meat, beans, nuts, whole grains, fortified cereals, and dairy. Nausea and vomiting are symptoms of ingesting high doses of zinc. Excess zinc can also interfere with the absorption of iron and copper. The maximum daily intake or Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) is 40 mg for adults. By removing this element from water it is easier to monitor levels and prevent toxicity. 

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Zinc is a Heavy Metal

The benefits of zinc far outweigh the detriments of zinc deficiency. However, it never hurts to learn more about the minuscule molecules that are in your body. Heavy metals are harmful to the human body. Studies show that they affect parts of cells such as the membranes, mitochondria, and nuclei. Heavy metals also affect the process of metabolism, detoxification, and repairing damage. The ions from metal can cause DNA damage as well. The most toxic and carcinogenic heavy metals are arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury. Although zinc is not in this list, it is related. Berkey Filters remove heavy metals at a rate of 99.9%. 


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How Berkey Removes Zinc From Water

The Black Berkey Filters are well designed and extensively tested to use the best technology to filter out unwanted things. The technology used bumps up the Berkey in classifications--not only are they a water filter but also a water purifier.  

Related: What's the Difference Between a Water Filter and Water Purifier.

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The Berkey purification process is multifaceted using several steps to stop contaminants. The three steps are microfiltration, adsorption/absorption, and ion exchange. The materials, shape, texture, and ionic charge of the Black Berkey Filters all contribute to the ability to prevent contaminants from passing through. Take a more in-depth look at the Berkey Purification Process. 

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