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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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