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  • Quick Qs on supplements (zinc/selenium/magnesium/Vit. D)

    I have digestive issues, poor thyroid function, anxiety and horrible acne. I'm taking:

    60 mg Zinc Glycinate (albion)
    400 mg Magnesium Glycinate
    100 mcg selenium
    10,000 IU Vit. D

    with dinner every night to try to combat these problems (while working with a doc to get a proper diagnosis).

    Do any of these minerals affect the absorption of the others? I thought I heard something about zinc interfering with magnesium absorption, and I just wanted to make sure I'm not being stupid by taking them all at once.

    Also, is 60 mg of zinc too much to take daily? I'm assuming my zinc status is horrible due to failing the taste test miserably every single time despite supplementation for months, and due to my health issues.

    Any info would be much appreciated!
    Last edited by QuirkyPixy; 11-27-2010, 11:49 AM.
    * Pixy's Quest for Regaining Health *
    Trying to gain weight, clear scarring acne, and fix thyroid and digestive issues with primal lifestyle- here goes something!

  • #2
    Below are some links with extensive info on each supplement, from the Linus Pauling Micronutrient Research Center:

    Zinc
    http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/minerals/zinc/

    Magnesium
    http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocente...als/magnesium/

    Selenium
    http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocente...rals/selenium/

    Vitamin D
    http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocente...mins/vitaminD/

    You'll be able to identify potential interactions between supplements by looking at each page's Nutrient Interactions section.

    As mentioned in the zinc link, from the Adverse Effects section:
    "The major consequence of long-term consumption of excessive zinc is copper deficiency. Total zinc intakes of 60 mg/day (50 mg supplemental and 10 mg dietary zinc) have been found to result in signs of copper deficiency. In order to prevent copper deficiency, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board set the tolerable upper level of intake (UL) for adults at 40 mg/day, including dietary and supplemental zinc."

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    • #3
      @healthseekerKate: Thanks a bunch, that website is fantastic.

      Does anyone know a good way to safely increase really low zinc levels? Do I need to split up my dose or just take it all at once? I'm gonna drop back to 30 mg/day for now in one dose, but I don't know if that's enough to help.
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      • #4
        Usually taking a liquid zinc supplement is recommended if very deficient in zinc. Are you seeing someone or did you just decide on the supplements?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sue View Post
          Usually taking a liquid zinc supplement is recommended if very deficient in zinc. Are you seeing someone or did you just decide on the supplements?
          Thanks, I'll look into that!

          I saw a naturopath who OK'd these, and just recently saw an MD who didn't have an issue with them. I decided on the supplements and dosage myself, but the docs gave them the green light.
          * Pixy's Quest for Regaining Health *
          Trying to gain weight, clear scarring acne, and fix thyroid and digestive issues with primal lifestyle- here goes something!

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          • #6
            Some useful info on selenium here: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogsp.../selenium.html
            including signs of overdose (you really don't want to do that!) Really interesting stuff on interactions with iodine and therefore thyroid, too.
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