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    Before I ask yet ANOTHER nutrition question, I want to thank everyone for being so incredibly helpful and generous with their knowledge and information. I've taken a lot of the advice on the cortisol thread to heart and have made a ton of changes in my supplementation regimen and I believe I'm starting to feel the difference!! (I'll know for sure when I get the cortisol re-tested next month.)

    My new question is about zinc. I am pretty sure I'm deficient (after reading through Cillakat's links and going down the google rabbit hole), and my multi doesn't have a whole lot (50% RDA iirc), so I'm considering adding this into the supplement mix. But I'm not sure (and I can't find any definitive info online) about whether or not there's a "better" zinc type/supplement and how much I should take. The things I've read are all over the map but all do agree that it's possible to overdo it and that od'ing is something you want to avoid.

    So, how does one know how much to take and whether one is OD'ing or not? Also, does this interfere with Magnesium or anything else (or vice versa?)

    I feel like I've read so much stuff that my head is spinning and I can't make heads nor tails about it at this point.

    Thanks again for your help

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    This is a really good one and not expensive. I'm pretty sure this is the one Cillakat recommended to me a while back and I love it. And yes, you should take it with magnesium and vitamin D.

    http://www.iherb.com/Source-Naturals...lets/1361?at=0

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Katie82 View Post
      This is a really good one and not expensive. I'm pretty sure this is the one Cillakat recommended to me a while back and I love it. And yes, you should take it with magnesium and vitamin D.
      but not necessarily at the same time. in other words, timing is not an issue ftmp. zinc does better ito absorption with low fiber foods and without calcium/magnesium but i don't worry about it. I just take it when it's convenient.

      This is the one I'm currently using;
      http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-L-Opt...sules/738?at=1

      I take it approximately every other day. I'll wait a few days though for now as I just six oysters at Parish the other night.

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      • #4
        Thank you!

        Cilla, that restaurant looks awesome!! I love reclaimed spaces!

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        • #5
          mmm i love fresh shucked oysters
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          • #6
            Any thoughts on the zinc content of smoked/canned oysters, I can't find any good data online.

            Zinc is a mineral, so I can't see that it would be depleated by the smoking process. Any thoughts?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by lcme View Post
              Any thoughts on the zinc content of smoked/canned oysters, I can't find any good data online.

              Zinc is a mineral, so I can't see that it would be depleated by the smoking process. Any thoughts?
              I eat canned smoked oysters a couple times a week. I don't take zinc on those days because the Zinc is quite high. Here's the nutrition info:
              http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/...roducts/4192/2

              Whoa, I see Cillakat already posted that, awesome! They're a superfood

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              • #8
                In case you find it useful & haven't seen it yet, here is a site with lots of info about zinc:

                Linus Pauling Micronutrient Information Center: Zinc
                http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/minerals/zinc/


                >> So, how does one know how much to take and whether one is OD'ing or not?
                From the site: "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."
                Last edited by healthseekerKate; 11-19-2010, 04:10 PM.

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                • #9
                  Grrrr... I just got back from the vitamin shoppe and the only zinc supp that they had (that was amino acid chelated) was 50mg dose. Should I take one every other day? Or, assuming I have a deficiency, is it OK to take one per day for a couple of weeks, then back down to one every other day or one every third day?

                  Sorry for all the ????? I'll return/exchange the zinc I bought if necessary, but I'm hoping I can make it work

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                  • #10
                    every other day or every third day even....



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                    • #11
                      Coolio! Thanks! That's what I've been doing

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                      • #12
                        I used to have lots of white spots on my nails; they are spot free right now. I also used to have moderate acne and that is gone as well, as long as I don't eat junk carbs. I eat quite a bit of beef, liver (chicken and calf), pork, and almonds and less frequently, oysters, lamb, and pumpkin seeds. Do I still need to supplement?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by animalcule View Post
                          I used to have lots of white spots on my nails; they are spot free right now. I also used to have moderate acne and that is gone as well, as long as I don't eat junk carbs. I eat quite a bit of beef, liver (chicken and calf), pork, and almonds and less frequently, oysters, lamb, and pumpkin seeds. Do I still need to supplement?
                          Hard to say. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc...but there is that tricky phytate issue
                          Liver has some zinc but has a tremendous amount of copper. While excessive copper consumption doesn't block zinc absorption, it can create a 'relative deficiency' of zinc.

                          I guess I'd just look at the range of zinc deficiency symptoms but if you're fine and feel great, I'd assume zinc intake is sufficient. Other zinc deficiency symptoms can include anxiety, depression.....google around a bit to see what you come up with.


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                          • #14
                            Any ideas how long it takes before one can see improvements following supplementation? I just started today and I don't want to get my hopes up too soon.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jammies View Post
                              Any ideas how long it takes before one can see improvements following supplementation? I just started today and I don't want to get my hopes up too soon.
                              What are you hoping for from zinc supplementation?



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