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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

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

Dr. Randy Baker
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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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How long does the nausea from zinc supplements last after each dose?

How long does the nausea from zinc supplements last after each dose?

Depends on dose: Usually, in doses of 25-50mg- you should not have issues. I advise abstaining for 1 week and staring with very low doses on a full stomach- nausea is not a usual side effect of zinc supplementation. ...Read more

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Keeping in mind the 1. actual Amount of zinc in a zinc supplement and the 2. absorption rate, can I say body gets much lower than the labelled dosage?

Keeping in mind the 1. actual Amount of zinc in a zinc supplement and the 2. absorption rate, can I say body gets much lower than the labelled dosage?

Not necessarily.: Certain factors influence Zinc
absorption. For example, cereal, rice and corn contain phytates and have a negative effect on Zinc
absorption. So best to avoid intake with those foods. ...Read more

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Can zinc supplement tablets be taken once a day regularly? Or is it dangerous to take it for a long periods of time? I am zinc deficient.

Can zinc supplement tablets be taken once a day regularly? Or is it dangerous to take it for a long periods of time? I am zinc deficient.

Yes, take daily: If you are zinc deficient. There is no danger associated with taking zinc supplements on a daily basis nor known long term consequences. The body needs zinc for normal growth and health. Zinc deficiency is associated with poor night vision and wound-healing, a decrease in sense of taste and smell, and reduced ability to fight infections. Additionally, eat foods rich in zinc. ...Read more

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How LONG does one need to supplement with low dose 25-35mg zinc to recover from overtraining related zinc deficiency? What tests yo decide zinc level?

How LONG does one need to supplement with low dose 25-35mg zinc to recover from overtraining related zinc deficiency? What tests yo decide zinc level?

No easy answers or: Major clinical trials to address concern, more marketing. The primary reference, by current technology, is by blood concentration, though this does not address all issues. (At the same time, be careful to avoid marketing nonsense, lots of that around.) Study: http://www. Questdiagnostics. Com/testcenter/BUOrderInfo. Action? Tc=945&labCode=AMD & be aware "reference range" = central 95.8% of all values. ...Read more

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Can taking too much zinc supplements cause anemia hair thinning? And for how long? Please help!

Can taking too much zinc supplements cause anemia hair thinning? And for how long? Please help!

Probably not: Stop taking the zinc supplements unless you were advised to do this by an evidence-based holist -- these can be bad for you and make you copper deficient -- and look for a diferent cause of your hair loss (telogen effluvium? hypothyroidism? fungus? alopecia areata? if you're very hairy-chested, early male pattern baldness?). Anemia at your age is VERY worrisome and requires a full workup. ...Read more

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What is a good zinc supplement?

What is a good zinc supplement?

Cheap ones: There's usually zinc in an economical vitamin-mineral tablet from a chain pharmacy. If you overdo zinc supplements because of some bad advice you got, you can copper-deplete yourself and get brain and spinal cord damage -- it's happened. Be discerning. ...Read more

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Can I take zinc supplement daily?

Check your zink level: First! Zinc is recommended for many males for prostate health, and often is found in a multivitamin tablet. It has to be taken in the right proportion with copper. You don't want to overdo and take too much zinc. So if you been taking it daily by itself only, have your doctor check your blood level first, then discuss your concerns. That is the best approach! ...Read more

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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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What are the supplements or products that contains therapeutic zinc?

Not a legitimate the: Zinc is not a legitimate therapy except for a few rare conditions. Don't believe the junk science. Save your money. ...Read more

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How safe is it to take a zinc supplement? Anything I should take into consideration?

Fairly safe: Zinc is fairly safe, but rarely needed as almost no one without severe kidney disease, surgery, cancer, malnutrition, is ever zinc deficient. Recommended intake varies as age increases, up to a maximum of 15-20 mg for adults. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take multi viatimins and zinc supplements at the same time, or is that just over-doing it?

Probably: If you eat a balanced diet, extra vitamins are not usually needed. If you have a poor diet, a multivitamin can help. Unless you have a proven deficiency, taking more is not helpful, and can be toxic. I give zinc to patients who have wound healing problems and a deficiency, but even in these cases 2 weeks is often enough time to get this treated. Consult a nutritionist for specifics in your case. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take multi viatimins and zinc supplements at the same time, or is that just over-doing it?

Is it okay to take multi viatimins and zinc supplements at the same time, or is that just over-doing it?

It's OK as long as: Zinc has many benefits but you can have too much of anything. It depends on the dosage and form but generally it is considered safe to take 40 mg/day. The concern with higher doses is copper deficiency; if you take 1 mg of copper for each 15 mg of zinc it is safe to take more and higher doses are needed for some conditions. See http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/zinc-healthprofessional/. ...Read more

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I have extremely low zinc levels, confirmed by taste test. How many mg of zinc supplements should I take a day to get it back up?

I have extremely low zinc levels, confirmed by taste test. How many mg of zinc supplements should I take a day to get it back up?

Taste test. Hmmm...: ...and what makes a person think his taste test technique is useful in real life? If the test result says "zinc deficiency", how often is that false, meaning how often does a non-deficient person get a "zinc deficiency" result? On the other hand, if the test result says "normal", how often is that result false, meaning how often does a zinc-deficient person get a normal result? ...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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Do zinc supplements leave a metallic taste?

In some people poss.: In some patients possibly, but too much zinc can also be bad. ...Read more

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Is zinc supplement helpful during and after dysentery?

Is zinc supplement helpful during and after dysentery?

Zinc supplementation: Especially in children in developing countries, zinc supplementation has been shown to decrease the duration and severity of diarrhea episodes and the likelihood of some subsequent infections. The optimal dose in this setting has not been established yet. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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Do any of the vitamin e, D3 and zinc supplements work?

Do any of the vitamin e, D3 and zinc supplements work?

Absolutely: They all have major benefit in producing a healthy body. Significant deficiency of any of them has serious health implications. ...Read more

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What is the best hair supplement for hair. Containing biotin, B6, zinc?

What is the best hair supplement for hair. Containing biotin, B6, zinc?

Agree with Dr Iwata: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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I have a man boobs. Is it okay to take a zinc supplements before I sleep?

I have a man boobs. Is it okay to take a zinc supplements before I sleep?

Yes, but...: Do you have excess breast tissue because you are overweight? If you are of normal weight and still feel as tho you have "man boobs" this may be a condition known as gynocomastia. This condition can arise on its own or can be secondary to certain drugs (ie marijuana) and also can be secondary to hormonal problems that may signal a bigger problem. If you aren't overweight consider seeing your md. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to take zinc and magnesium supplements while on psychiatric medications?

Is it okay for me to take zinc and magnesium supplements while on psychiatric medications?

Zinc and magnesium: Zinc and magnesium are necessary minerals that should be in food, but these days is often there in lesser amounts than we need. Yes, it's fine to supplement, although food is best. ...Read more

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Chelate or gluconate zinc supplements for acne?

Chelate or gluconate zinc supplements for acne?

No: Forget the slick promotions. Zinc by mouth can make you seriously sick if you don't know exactly what you're doing. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared your acne in two weeks, get with an evidence-based physician for definitive treatment. ...Read more