Zinc

Definition of Zinc:

An essential trace mineral.  The functions of zinc are enzymatic.  There are over 70 metalloenzymes known to require zinc for their functions.  The main biochemicals in which zinc has been found to be necessary include: enzymes and enzymatic function, protein synthesis and carbohydrate metabolism.  Zinc is a constituent of insulin and male reproductive fluid.  Zinc is necessary for the proper metabolism of alcohol, to get rid of the lactic acid that builds up in working muscles and to transfer it to the lungs.  Zinc is involved in the health of the immune system, assists vitamin A utilization and is involved in the formation of bone and teeth.

Topics Related to Zinc

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“It was found that the copper to zinc ratio was significantly higher in patients with lymphoma or acute and chronic leukemias compared to control subjects...”

Acute, Intermittent Porphyria

...recommendation Chelation Therapy
“...There is a great diuresis of zinc and copper with a normalization of excretion of these elements with continued treatment...”

Addictions / Addictive Tendencies

...the condition
“...Zinc supports the immune system and protects the liver...”

More topics Related to Zinc

Adult Acne

...recommendation Zinc
Zinc is important in the treatment of acne...”

Alcohol-related Problems

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
Zinc deficiency is frequently associated with alcoholism, due to a lower intake of food...”
...recommendation Zinc
“Low zinc status has been observed in 30% to 50% of alcoholics...”
...recommendation Test Zinc Levels
“It is clear that brain zinc content changes during disease states and that brain zinc deficiency is possibly dynamically related to alcoholism...”

Alfalfa

...as a treatment
“...The powdered form also contains high amounts of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, zinc, and copper...”

Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever

...recommendation Zinc
Zinc is recommended at 20 to 30mg per day...”

Aluminum Consumption Avoidance

...as a treatment
“...It is believed that when iron, and calcium, and to a lesser degree magnesium, silicon and zinc levels drop, the uptake of aluminium worsens...”

Alzheimer's Disease

...recommendation Zinc
“Maintain adequate zinc status: Reduced levels of zinc are being linked to Alzheimer's disease...”
...recommendation Selenium
“See the link between Alzheimer's Disease and Zinc...”

Aneurysm / Rupture

...relationship to Copper Deficiency
“...In theory if you have a family or personal history of aneurysms, consider taking 2-4mg of copper per day, especially if significant amounts of zinc have been or are being consumed...”

Anxiety

...relationship to Pyroluria
“...High levels of pyrrolles systematically bind to B6 and zinc, preventing the use of these nutrients in the body and brain...”

Arrhythmias/Dysrhythmias

...recommendation Test Copper Levels
“Copper depletion, sometimes seen when taking too much zinc, may contribute to arrhythmias...”

Atrophic Gastritis

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Those with atrophic gastritis, vagotomy or gastric resection may be at increased risk for zinc deficiency...”

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

...recommendation Test Zinc Levels
“Hyperactive children may be deficient in zinc, manganese and vitamin B6 and have an excess of lead and copper...”

Banana

...as a treatment
“...1mg of Magnesium, and trace amounts of Iron and Zinc...”

Birth Control Pill Issues

...the condition
“...Copper and Zinc...”

Body Odor

...the condition
“...Dietary imbalances, resulting in constipation or a deficiency of magnesium or zinc may be other causes of body odor...”
...recommendation Lavilin
“...Ingredients: zinc oxide, petroleum jelly, talc, potato starch, calendula oil, arnica oil, vitamin E, ascorbyl palmitate, citric acid, natural fragrance...”
...recommendation Zinc
“Try taking zinc tablets...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“...See the links between Body Odor and Vitamin B-Complex / Zinc...”

Boils, Abscesses, Carbuncles

...recommendation Zinc
Zinc orally or topically may be effective for the treatment of boils and furuncles...”

Bulimic Tendency

...the condition
“...These include tryptophan, zinc (40% of 62 patients), vitamin B2, B3, folate, and potassium...”

Calcium Requirement

...our question about How much coffee you drink
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”

Canker Sores (Aphthous Ulcers)

...relationship to Folic Acid Deficiency
“Vitamin B12, folate, zinc and iron have been shown to be effective in up to 60% of patients with canker sores when such a vitamin or mineral deficiency has been documented...”
...relationship to Iron Requirement
“Vitamin B12, folate, zinc and iron have been shown to be effective in up to 60% of patients with canker sores when such a vitamin or mineral deficiency has been documented...”
...relationship to Megaloblastic Anemia / Pernicious Anemia
“Vitamin B12, folate, zinc and iron have been shown to be effective in up to 60% of patients with canker sores when such a vitamin or mineral deficiency has been documented...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Tissue damaged by canker sores has demonstrated an enhanced recovery rate with adequate zinc intake...”

Carnosine

...as a treatment
“...It also acts as a regulator of zinc and copper concentrations in nerve cells, helping to prevent overstimulation by these neuroactive minerals...”

Cervical Dysplasia

...recommendation Zinc
“The rapidly dividing cells of the cervix require zinc for replication...”

Copper

...as a treatment
“...If you take a copper supplement, you should consider also taking zinc, unless you are treating high zinc levels or a copper deficiency...”

Copper Deficiency

...the condition
“...Causes and Development: As zinc supplementaion is becoming more popular, the effect of reduced copper absorption seen with increased zinc consumption will probably make deficiencies of copper become more common...”

Copper Toxicity

...the condition
“...Causes and Development: Copper toxicity is usually due to ... the increasingly common problem of low levels of zinc in the diet...”
...recommendation Zinc
Zinc and manganese with vitamin C remove copper from the tissues...”
...recommendation Manganese
“Vitamin C, zinc and manganese all interfere with copper absorption...”

Crohn's Disease

...recommendation Zinc
“Tissue damaged by Crohn's disease has an enhanced recovery rate with adequate zinc...”

Dairy Products Avoidance

...as a treatment
“...The long list of foods and ingredients to avoid includes ... zinc caseinate...”

Dandruff

...the condition
“...Treatment and Prevention: The most common dandruff treatments are shampoos containing coal-tar, pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, and sulfur...”

Diarrhea

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Diarrhea causes a loss of zinc and therefore digestive diseases or gastrointestinal surgery that result in diarrhea are often associated with a deficiency...”
...recommendation Zinc
“Diarrhea results in a loss of zinc...”

Eczema

...recommendation Hydrochloric Acid (Trial)
“If improvement isn't clear when using zinc or essential fatty acids, consider HCl and pancreatic enzymes...”
...recommendation Topical Applications
“Local application of soothing lotions ameliorates itching (zinc oxide works well), but greasy preparations should not be used for extended periods since they block the sweat ducts...”
...recommendation Zinc
“One university study found that in subjects suffering from marginal zinc status, an enzyme involved in cell reproduction was uniquely impaired in the skin...”

Enlarged Prostate

...recommendation Pumpkin Seeds
“...The efficacy of pumpkin seeds is thought to be due to their high content of essential fatty acids, zinc and plant sterols...”
...recommendation Zinc
Zinc supplementation has a clearly documented usefulness in shrinking an enlarged prostate...”

Esophagitis

...recommendation Zinc
“Tissue damaged by esophagitis has demonstrated an enhanced recovery rate with adequate zinc intake...”

Essential Fatty Acids

...as a treatment
“...Omega-6 conversion can be inhibited by bad fats (margarines, shortenings, trans-fatty acids, hard fats, sugar and cholesterol), lack of minerals (magnesium, selenium, zinc), vitamin deficiencies (B3, B6, C, E), viruses, obesity, diabetes, aging, and rare genetic mutations...”

Excess Phytates in Diet

...the condition
“...They bind with minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc and interfere with their absorption in the body...”

Female Hair Loss

...the condition
“...Common causes of hair loss or hair thinning in women ... zinc deficiency...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“...Twelve of those patients had problems with their zinc metabolism...”

Folic Acid

...as a treatment
“...Higher folic acid intake can mask B12 deficiency and reduce zinc absorption, so these should be noted and monitored if high dose (over 2mg/day) folic acid supplementation is continued for long periods...”

Fo-Ti / Heshouwu

...as a treatment
“...Other constituents include lecithins, sitosterol, catechins, cyanidins, calcium (2225ppm), iron, zinc and large amounts of starch...”

Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers

...recommendation Zinc
“In a double-blind study on 18 patients, those taking zinc sulfate supplements had a gastric ulcer healing rate three times that of patients treated with a placebo...”

General Mineral Requirement

...the condition
“...Calcium and zinc, for example, are essential for bone growth and immune system support...”
...our question about How much coffee you drink
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...recommendation Zinc
“Tissue damaged by celiac disease has demonstrated an enhanced recovery rate with adequate zinc intake...”

Gonads

...related topic
“...Nutritional needs for the gonads vary somewhat, but all require plenty of essential fatty acids, vitamins C, E and B-complex, the minerals calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron and zinc...”

Heavy Metal Toxicity

...the condition
“...Some heavy metals - such as cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, strontium, and zinc - are essential to health in trace amounts...”
...recommendation Zinc
Zinc inhibits the uptake of cadmium and lead by various tissues in the body...”

Hepatitis

...the condition
“...significantly enhanced by natural products or drugs such as IP6 (Inositol hexaphosphate), MGN3 (a commercial rice bran product modified with mushroom extracts), thymus extracts, low dose Naltrexone, zinc, DHEA, glutamine, a good multiple vitamin-mineral over time and others such as astragalus, cordyceps (chinese fungus), and MCP (modified citrus pectin)...”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“Vitamin C (1,000 to 1,500mg per day), beta-carotene (100,000 IU per day), vitamin E (400 to 800 IU per day), and zinc (30 to 50mg per day) strengthen your immune system...”

Herpes Simplex Type I

...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“Vitamin C, zinc, thymus extracts, TMG, monolaurin from coconut, and olive leaf extract have all been used with some success as reported by various doctors...”

Herpes Simplex Type II

...recommendation Zinc
Zinc orally or topically may be useful in the treatment of herpes...”

High Total Cholesterol

...recommendation Zinc
Zinc deficiency is associated with hypercholesterolemia...”

Histapenia (Histamine Low)

...the condition
“...Some studies of schizophrenics have revealed high blood copper, as seen in histadelia, with low urinary copper (showing that copper is being retained) as well as low blood zinc...”
...recommendation Manganese
“...Manganese and zinc supplementation increase copper excretion...”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Zinc and manganese with vitamin C remove copper from the tissues...”
...recommendation Zinc
Zinc should be given once testing confirms a low zinc or high copper level...”

Homeopathic Remedies

...as a treatment
“...For example, an unusually undiluted (1:100 or "2X") solution of zinc gluconate, marketed as Zicam Nasal Spray, allegedly caused a small percentage of users to lose their sense of smell...”

Honey

...as a treatment
“...Copper, iodine, and zinc also exist in it in small quantities, as well as several types of hormones...”

Hypothyroidism

...the condition
“...It may be genetic, or triggered by stress or inactivity, as well as diet, selenium or zinc deficiency, heavy metals or starvation...”

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

...recommendation Zinc
“A study involving zinc supplementation in inflammatory bowel disease illustrated the importance of taking adequate supplementation, but not too much...”

Inositol

...as a treatment
“...It can gradually lower blood pressure, and can be helpful in cases of schizophrenia, hypoglycemia, and those with high serum copper and low serum zinc levels...”

Iodine Requirement

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Low zinc intakes exacerbate the effect of low iodine intake...”

Iron Deficiency Anemia

...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”

Iron Requirement

...our question about Brittle fingernails
“A deficiency of essential nutrients and minerals such as iron, zinc, vitamins and calcium can cause the nails to become weak...”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”

Laryngitis

...recommendation Zinc
“Sugar-free herbal-based lozenges fortified with vitamin C or zinc, a mineral that speeds healing, are very helpful...”

Lavilin

...as a treatment
“..."Source: The main ingredient is zinc oxide, but it also contains Arnica and Calendula - known for their anti-bacterial properties, and Chamomile, which soothes skin...”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...the condition
“...reduction Alcohol avoidance Low fat diet High water-insoluble fiber consumption Carnitine supplementation (other lipotropics less effective) Protection from free radical damage Vitamins C, E, Zinc, Selenium, Lipoic acid...”

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

...recommendation Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
“Key nutrients to aid adrenal function include vitamin C, B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6, zinc, and magnesium...”

Low Male Testosterone Level

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“(This relationship of testosterone levels to zinc status does not apply to women...”

Low T-Helper (CD4) Cell Level

...recommendation Zinc
“Low levels of zinc are associated with a drop in T-cell function...”

Lutein

...as a treatment
“...Zinc is also used in conjunction with Lutein...”

Macular Degeneration

...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“...104-9] Long-term use of multiple antioxidants plus zinc and copper clearly reduced the risk of developing advanced AMD and the rate of visual acuity loss in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 3,640 older adults (aged 55-80 years)...”
...recommendation Zinc
“Oral use of zinc has produced improvement in vision...”

Magnesium

...as a treatment
“...Interactions with other nutrients ... Calcium, potassium, zinc decrease magnesium absorption...”

Male Hair Loss

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“...Twelve of those patients had problems with their zinc metabolism...”

Male Infertility (Low Sperm Count)

...the condition
“...Here are some of the possible causes of low sperm count ... Malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies - deficiency of some nutrients (for example Zinc, Selenium, vitamin C, etc...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
Zinc increases sperm count and motility as well as raising testosterone levels when low...”
...recommendation Test Zinc Levels
Zinc is concentrated in ejaculate, and important for prostate health...”

Manganese Requirement

...the condition
“...Treatment and Prevention: Zinc, iron and calcium supplementation have an antagonistic effect on manganese absorption...”
...our uestion about Perthes disease
Zinc, Manganese and vitamin B6 have been helpful in treating osteochondrosis (leg-hip Perthes disease)...”

Motherhood Issues

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“If zinc intake is chronically low, breastfeeding further increases the risk of zinc deficiency in the mother due to the greater need for zinc during lactation...”

Multiple Mineral Supplementation

...as a treatment
“...For example, too much zinc can deplete the body of copper, while excessive calcium intake can affect magnesium absorption...”

Multiple Vitamin Need

...the condition
“...Calcium, magnesium and zinc were low in older women...”
...our question about How much coffee you drink
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”

Multiple Vitamin Supplement

...as a treatment
“...vitamins should contain a broad range of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamins A, D, K, all of the B vitamins, and trace minerals, like boron, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc...”

Myeloproliferative Neoplasm

...the condition
“...The following supplements may help: A daily multivitamin containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins, and trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil, 1 - 2 capsules or 1 - 3 tablespoonfuls oil, 1 - 3 times daily, to help decrease inflammation and help with immunity A probiotic supplement...”

Night Blindness

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
Zinc is required in order to transport vitamin A from the liver to the retina and thus zinc supplementation, especially in those who are deficient, should help improve night vision...”

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

...recommendation Zinc
“It was found that the copper to zinc ratio was significantly higher in patients with lymphoma or acute and chronic leukemias compared to control subjects...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...recommendation Copper
“Trace minerals (zinc, copper, manganese, and boron) are required for strong bone formation...”
...recommendation Calcium
“...One study found that a supplement containing calcium, manganese, zinc and copper prevented bone loss in postmenopausal women, whereas calcium alone was ineffective...”

Parasite Infection

...recommendation Zinc
“Tissue damaged by intestinal parasites demonstrates an enhanced recovery rate with adequate zinc intake...”

Pharyngitis ("Strep Throat")

...recommendation Zinc
Zinc lozenges have been found to be effective when locally applied to an inflamed throat...”

Phosphorus

...as a treatment
“...Phosphorus helps filter out waste in the kidneys balance and use other vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, iodine, magnesium, and zinc...”

Plant-Based Nutrition

...as a treatment
“...Zinc Good sources include legumes, nuts, and zinc fortified breakfast cereals...”

Poor Prostate Health

...the condition
“...SUPPLEMENTS: Dietary supplements that contain lycopene, standardized saw palmetto extract, selenium, vitamin D, zinc and copper aid in the maintenance of the gland...”

Poor/Slow Wound Healing

...the condition
“...of women being treated for venous leg ulcers, it was revealed that the women had suboptimal dietary intake of energy-providing food sources and key wound-healing nutrients such as vitamin C and zinc even though they had well-organized food habits [Wissing et al...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Many studies have demonstrated enhanced wound and ulcer healing with oral zinc supplementation...”
...recommendation Copper
“...Copper also plays a critical role in the synthesis of the natural antioxidant called copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD)...”
...recommendation Zinc
“The immune system is adversely affected by even moderate degrees of zinc deficiency...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...the condition
“...Much of the way your baby develops essential proteins, such as DNA and insulin, depends on zinc...”
...recommendation Zinc
“Inadequate amounts of zinc can lead to central nervous system and other malformations, small-for-age babies and miscarriage...”

Premenstrual Syndrome

...relationship to Copper Toxicity
“...Taking extra zinc and vitamin B6 before the menstrual period can reduce copper levels and thus the symptoms of PMS...”

Propolis

...as a treatment
“...It also contains minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, silica, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, cobalt and copper...”

Protein Deficiency

...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“A deficiency of protein or zinc can reduce the amount of vitamin A released from the liver...”

Psoriasis

...the condition
“...has successfully treated over 1,500 patients with Loma Psoriasis (nickel/ bromide/zinc), a non-prescription oral homeopathic-like medication...”
...recommendation Zinc
Zinc orally or topically may be useful in the treatment of psoriasis...”

Pyroluria

...the condition
“...The substance is harmless in itself, but high levels of these pyrrolles systemically bind with B6 and zinc, preventing the use of these essential nutrients in the brain and body...”
...related topic
“This condition is caused by an overproduction during hemoglobin synthesis of kryptopyrrole, which chemically combines with vitamin B6 and zinc, resulting in their excretion and a severe deficiency of both of these essential nutrients...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Pyroluria is caused by an overproduction of kryptopyrrole during hemoglobin synthesis, which chemically combines with vitamin B6 and zinc, resulting in their excretion and a deficiency of both of these essential nutrients...”
...recommendation Zinc
“...The resulting molecule then chelates zinc, the combined product appearing in the urine...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“Pyrolurics commonly respond within a few months to B6, zinc and manganese...”

Raw Food/Fruitarian Diet Consequences

...the condition
“...A long-term raw food diet should be supplemented as the intake of vitamins D, B2, B3 (niacin), B12 and the minerals zinc and calcium are typically low...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“There is a possibility that zinc malabsorption may contribute to low zinc levels amongst rheumatoid arthritics...”
...recommendation Superoxide Dismutase
“In a Danish study, arthritis patients were treated with injections of superoxide dismutase, an enzyme containing copper (or manganese and zinc) that is found within the cells...”
...recommendation Test Zinc Levels
Zinc levels amongst patients with rheumatoid arthritis are usually reduced...”

Saw Palmetto

...as a treatment
“...extracts; it is frequently combined with pygeum (Pygeum africanum, African pyrigens), an herb with a somewhat less-established reputation for improving prostate health, and with pumpkin seed and zinc in a combination tablet...”

Stevia

...as a treatment
“...Stevia also contains protein, fibers, carbohydrates, phosphorus, iron, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, rutin (flavonoid), zinc, vitamin C and vitamin A...”

Stress

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Levels of zinc and other trace minerals were determined in 66 men before and after a five-day period of sustained physical and psychological stress...”
...recommendation Test Zinc Levels
Zinc has been shown to counteract some of the adverse effects of stress...”

Strongyloides stercoralis Infection

...the condition
“...Diagnosis and Tests: Diagnosis is based on finding juveniles in freshly passed stools, by a direct smear in cases of heavy infection or following concentration by Baermann isolation or zinc flotation with centrifugation...”

Superoxide Dismutase

...as a treatment
“...Nevertheless, three minerals are needed by the body to make its own SOD: zinc, copper and manganese...”

Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome

...the condition
“...Vitamin C and vitamin E can also be helpful, as can the minerals chromium, magnesium, and zinc...”

Tendency To Sunburn Easily

...recommendation Vitamin A
“Natural ways to cool burning skin include applying aloe vera juice, zinc oxide, and vitamin A oil...”

Test Copper Levels

...as a treatment
“...Copper may be lowered with corticosteroids, zinc, malnutrition, and malabsorption...”

Test for Urine Kryptopyrroles

...as a treatment
“...Its cause is an inborn error in pyrrole chemistry, resulting in a dramatic zinc and vitamin B6 deficiency...”

Test Zinc Levels

...as a treatment
“There is no single laboratory test that adequately measures zinc nutritional status...”

Thymic Factors

...as a treatment
“...Other nutrients such as zinc, vitamin B-6 and certain amino acids are important because they are required for the production of thymic hormones...”

Thymus

...related topic
“...The thymus appears to need plenty of balanced protein, antioxidants like carotenes, vitamin C, E, B6, zinc and selenium...”

Tinnitus

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“High concentrations of zinc are found in the inner ear...”

Ulcerative Colitis

...recommendation Zinc
Zinc supports tissue regeneration and can be especially useful if levels are deficient...”

Uric Acid Levels Low

...the condition
“...Causes and Development: Low dietary zinc intakes cause lower uric acid levels...”

Vegan Diet Consequences

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Vegetarians who consume a variety of legumes and nuts will probably meet their zinc requirement, but otherwise a vegetarian diet may be inadequate in zinc...”
...recommendation Zinc
“Vegetarians may need as much as 50% more zinc than non-vegetarians because of the lower absorption of zinc from plant foods, so it is very important for vegetarians to include good sources of zinc in their diet...”

Vegetarian Diet Consequences

...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“See link between Vegan Diet and Zinc Deficiency...”
...recommendation Zinc
“Vegetarians may need as much as 50% more zinc than non-vegetarians because of the lower absorption of zinc from plant foods, so it is very important for vegetarians to include good sources of zinc in their diet...”

Vitamin A

...as a treatment
“...It fights infection and supports the immune system right along with zinc lozenges, vitamin C and echinacea...”

Vitamin A Toxicity

...the condition
“...Thyroxine, zinc and vitamin E enhance the conversion of carotene to vitamin A...”

Vitamin B6 Requirement

...our uestion about Perthes disease
Zinc, Manganese and vitamin B6 have been helpful in treating osteochondrosis (leg-hip Perthes disease)...”

Vitamin B-Complex Requirement

...our question about How much coffee you drink
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”

Vitamin C Requirement

...our question about How much coffee you drink
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”

Weakened Immune System

...the condition
“...immune system include being breastfed as a baby, exercising sufficiently but not excessively, stress management, avoiding food and other allergens, and being well-nourished; supplements such as TMG, zinc, vitamin C and other antioxidants; hormones such as HGH (human growth hormone - can be used homeopathically) and DHEA; colloidal silver, and l-arginine...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
Zinc deficiency weakens the immune system...”
...recommendation Test Zinc Levels
“Normal zinc levels are required for a strong immune system...”

Wilson's Disease

...recommendation Zinc
“Supplemental zinc therapy (in capsules or tablets of 50mg of elemental zinc, 3 times daily, separated from food by at least 1 hour) was found to be an effective sole therapy in the long-term treatment of Wilson's...”

Zinc

...as a treatment
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that occurs in greater amounts than any other trace mineral except iron...”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
Zinc is a little different from some of the other well-known minerals...”
...our question about Polyps
“Nasal polyps are considered one of the deficiency symptoms of zinc...”
...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“A deficiency of protein or zinc can reduce the amount of vitamin A released from the liver...”
...recommendation against Copper
“Because of copper's antagonism to zinc, copper should be avoided while restoring zinc levels...”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“Research has shown that drinking coffee causes a significant loss of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, and zinc...”

Zinc Taste Test

...related topic
“A 10-second test that uses a dilute solution of zinc sulphate heptahydrate to determine the extent of zinc deficiency based on an individual's taste sensations...”

Zinc Toxicity

...the condition
“Excess zinc is toxic...”
...our question about Unexplained nausea
“Symptoms of zinc toxicity include nausea, vomiting and fever...”
...relationship to Autoimmune Tendency
“Prolonged large doses of zinc may, by lowering manganese levels, increase susceptibility to autoimmune reactions...”
...relationship to Manganese Requirement
“An insidious effect of excess zinc over a period of years is the reduction of serum manganese, 90% of which is contained in the erythrocytes...”
...recommendation Test for Manganese Levels
Zinc causes a decrease in serum manganese levels...”
...recommendation Copper
“Low doses of copper will help restore the imbalance between zinc and copper caused by long term excessive zinc intake...”