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For what reasons might a chelated zinc supplement contain copper?

For what reasons might a chelated zinc supplement contain copper?

Simple reason!: Zinc in high doses treats wilson's disease, a copper overdose syndrome caused by absorption of too much copper. Zinc competes to some exent with copper absorption in the intestine, so adding copper (usually 2mg) is a good idea, as not to cause copper deficiency! ...Read more

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Supplements (Definition)

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What is a good regimen for correcting moderate Zinc deficiency?(50 mg/d for 30 days?) How much copper should I add to balance 50mg zinc supplement?

What is a good regimen for correcting moderate Zinc deficiency?(50 mg/d for 30 days?) How much copper should I add to balance 50mg zinc supplement?

Get another opinion: Zinc deficiency is serious but not stand alone. It does not occur in a vacuum. The important thing is to CORRECTLY diagnose it and determine the cause. This is usually obvious. Have you had bariatric surgery? Parenteral feeding? Serum zinc should be over .65mcg/ml and copper should be less than 100% of zinc. If you are serious about this go to a metabolic unit where the do parenteral feeding or ba ...Read more

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Hi should I take a copper supplement if i was taking a zinc supplement and it made my hair thin ?

Talk with your MD: I would discuss your plans with your doctor first to make sure you are not missing something although copper deficiency is sometimes seen with zinc supplementation. Make sure you review some of the normal dosage ranges and do not engage in megadose supplementation unless there is supporting blood work. You may benefit from having some laboratory studies ordered by your physician. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Is 80 mg zinc (in supplements and diet) and 1 mg copper safe to take for six weeks? The eye formula has 80 mg zinc and 2 mg copper.

Zinc side effects: Zinc is likely safe for most adults when applied to the skin, or when taken by mouth in amounts not larger than 40 mg per day. Routine zinc supplementation is not recommended without the advice of a healthcare professional. In some people, zinc might cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, metallic taste, kidney and stomach damage, and other side effects. Using zinc on broken skin may cause burning, sti. ...Read more

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Hi! I am a 22 year old college student. I have been dealing with mild to moderate acne. What daily dose of zinc is safe? and which copper supplement?

Hi! I am a 22 year old college student. I have been dealing with mild to moderate acne. What daily dose of zinc is safe? and which copper supplement?

30-60 mg/day: Too much zinc can be hazardous but a dose of 30-60 mg of zinc, ideally as zinc picolinate, is safe and effective. This should be balanced with copper in a 1:10-15 ratio, so 2-4 mg of copper. Many zinc supplements are balanced with the proper amount of copper. Many other vitamins and minerals can help. See http://thescienceofacne.com/vitamin-and-mineral-supplements/ Minimize sugar and dairy. ...Read more

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How can I restore copper and iron levels if supplemental zinc lowered them ?

How can I restore copper and iron levels if supplemental zinc lowered them ?

Eat sensibly: I hope this adventure cures you from believing internet disinformation about supplements. I understand the copper -- zinc fans can get really sick from this -- but your physician might look for a reason you're iron deficient. Even at your age, we wouldn't want to miss blood loss from, say, a stomach ulcer. ...Read more

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How much zinc should be taking a day ? Is 57mg supplement too much?

How much zinc should be taking a day ? Is 57mg supplement too much?

May be too much: RDA for female is 8mg/day RDA= Recommended Daily Allowance. Many factors can play part in absorption & retention of Zinc. Diet high in phytate & fiber may increase zinc requirements.Genetic & environmental factors play a part also.No "gold standard" yet exists for the assessment of zinc status.Zinc serves as a co-factor in more than 70 metallo-enzymes. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking zinc supplements?

Are there any side effects to taking zinc supplements?

Take in moderation: Too much zinc can prevent absorption of other elements such as iron and magnesium. ...Read more

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Should alcoholics take zinc supplements? If so, how much?

The wrong answer: I'm not aware of any reason to think they'll help either with the physical problems caused by alcohol, or the craving. It'll upset your stomach and can make you copper deficient. An alcoholic needs sobriety by whatever means, not one more non-evidence-based treatment or distraction. I've seen lives transformed by sobriety many years into the illness. ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could taking a zinc supplement do good to my skin?

Expert opinion please: could taking a zinc supplement do good to my skin?

At what dose?: At doses of 50-100mg it frequently helps skin scale less and is good for healthy nails! ...Read more

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I am taking 25mg daily zinc supplement. Can I get gastritis by taking this ?

I am taking 25mg daily zinc supplement.  Can I get gastritis by taking this ?

Yes: You can get Gastrointestinal side effects with Zinc. Diarrhea and some gastritis like symptoms are common. 5-15% will experience this. ...Read more

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Hello Sir, can daily Zinc supplement cause me to develop gastritis ? Looking forward to your reply.

Hello Sir,  can daily Zinc supplement cause me to develop gastritis ? Looking forward to your reply.

Gastritis Maybe: Zinc, particularly in high doses (over 60 mgs) can cause stomach irritation. Even low doses of Zinc can cause stomach irritation but is less likely to do so. Zinc should be taken with food when used to help prevent this side effect. If you think you have gastritis, it is important you discuss this with your physician as gastritis has many causes and should not just put down to having taken Zinc. ...Read more

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If one were to supplement with zinc picolinate tablets; how long would one do that for and for how many weeks? Many thanks

It depends: This depends on many factors- how deficient is the person supplementing, how much zinc are they getting from their diet, how much zinc they are taking. Typically people take 15 mg/day long-term (for years) but some people need more. Why is one supplementing? ...Read more

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If you were to supplement with zinc picolinate tablets; how long would one do that for and for how many weeks? Many thanks

If you were to supplement with zinc picolinate tablets; how long would one do that for and for how many weeks?  Many thanks

Why take zinc?: Zinc supplements have very little benfit. Why would you decide to take them and what are you taking them for? So many people start worthless supplements on the advice of friends or health store employees without ever really knowing why. ...Read more

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On taking zinc picolinate 100mg, copper 8mg both daily = 1:10; including foodstuffs . How much magnesium should I have in total?

Unclear.: Magnesium is indicated for the treatment and prevention of hypomagnesemia; prevention and treatment of seizures in severe pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, pediatric acute nephritis; torsade de pointes; treatment of cardiac arrhythmias (vt/vf) caused by hypomagnesemia. ...Read more

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I took too much zinc picolinate during some months and now I have excess zinc what can I do to evacuate it ? Copper helps but it takes too long

Consider homeopathy: Zinc toxicity is uncommon but can occur with doses of 100 mg/day or more taken over time, esp. If not balanced with copper in a 10-15:1 ratio. By simply stopping it the body will eliminate it but it has a half life of 280 days so this takes time. Many of the symptoms are due to copper deficiency so copper helps. I found no other mainstream treatments but homeopathic zinc may help- see comment:. ...Read more

Copper (Definition)

This is a reactive metal, one of the basic elements, which is incorporated in a variety of biochemical pathways in the body to catalyze many important functions. It is rarely deficient but too much can lead to liver disease and brain problems ...Read more