Zinc supplements and considerations

I’ve been hearing more and more that everybody is taking more supplements. While this is a great intention, there are a few things to consider. Do you have low levels of this vitamin or mineral in your body? Do you know what is an appropriate dosage for you? Are you taking any other medication that could interact with your new supplements? Do you have a condition that could create complications? Always talk to your doctor first! Taking something, adding something to your diet for the purpose of health may result in an outcome that you didn’t want. Now, with all that in mind, let’s address Zinc supplements and considerations, as many of my clients decided to “up their levels of Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D3”.

What do we know about Zinc and what is it used for? Here are a few ways Zinc is helpful:

Boosts the immune system

Helps heal wounds

Can help with psoriasis

Improves skin health, eyesight

Helps with iron absorption

Zinc is essential to make stomach acid, and stomach acid absorbs zinc

100 enzymes in our body need zinc

Zinc revitalizes thymus gland, especially over the age of 40

Our body needs zinc to make hormones, including growth hormones and testosterone

Our body contains 2.2g zinc

Fruit has little to no zinc

Animal protein is the best source of zinc

Plant foods contain phytates that bind to zinc and deplete absorption

Vegetarians need 50% more zinc than the RDA

Diseases, like Crohn’s or Celiac’s affect how you absorb nutrients, can leave you deficient.

Age affects ability to absorb zinc, over the age of 50 it looses ability

Alcohol depletes zinc in liver.

Low levels of zinc can cause hair loss, loss of taste, slowed growth and the ability to heal wounds.

Our ability to absorb zinc from animals is about 20-40%, from plants it’s less.

An interesting fact on zinc supplementation that I want to share with you is that I’ve noticed that zinc is the main supplement used for LowT, (testosterone). This would make me cautious about supplementing zinc especially for male acne clients. This just occurred to me about zinc’s potential connection to acne.

“Zinc is needed for testosterone synthesis. Guided and appropriate supplementation may help raise your testosterone levels. One study researched the effects of a magnesium and zinc supplement. It found that men who received 30 milligrams of zinc per day showed increased levels of free testosterone in their bodies. Another study demonstrated that using a zinc supplement won’t raise your testosterone levels if you’re already getting enough of the mineral. The study participants included men whose daily diets included the recommended amounts of zinc. Giving these men zinc supplements didn’t increase their testosterone levels. Toxicity can occur in adult men who take more than 40 milligrams per day.”

As always, testing for levels would be appropriate before recommending supplementation.

Other things related to zinc to keep in mind:

I prefer monomethionine zinc because it contains sulfur which helps with acne.

One zinc supplement I endorse is OptiZinc, because it does have Copper as well and we do know that when you take Zinc, Copper levels are getting depleted. A daily dosage of 30 milligrams (taken with food only) should be enough.

I would also consider adding these rich foods like turkey, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, asparagus to your diet.

I would also like to draw your attention to a very interesting fact: skin tissue and eye macular tissue present themselves very similar. If your Ophthalmologist suggested you or prescribed you AREDS to slow down macular degeneration – for example, 99% of the time, AREDS will contain 30-40 milligrams of Zinc and at least 1 milligram of Copper.

What does this mean? That any decision of adding supplements should be carefully addressed and investigated in order to avoid toxicity levels and create another issue.

Please consult with your doctor prior to add anything to your daily intake. Always.