"Zinc is an essential mineral of "exceptional biologic and public health importance". Zinc deficiency affects about two billion people in the developing world and is associated with many diseases. In children it causes growth retardation, delayed sexual maturation, infection susceptibility, and diarrhea, contributing to the death of about 800,000 children worldwide per year. Enzymes with a zinc atom in the reactive center are widespread in biochemistry, such as alcohol dehydrogenase in humans. Consumption of excess zinc can cause ataxia, lethargy and copper deficiency."
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[YEA] 08/29/2012: Paula from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "I was having persistant diarrhea for a week and researched that in developed countries, they would give zinc to children so that they don't die from the diarrhea.
I tried zinc gluconate 50mg and it stopped my diarrhea. Apparently zinc deficiencies make diarrhea worse."
[YEA] 10/29/2009: Rkymtsprt from Missoula, Mt, USA: "Hi, I could not find any feedback about Zinc supplements on the Ailments link or the Supplements link. Anyone have fantastic results with it? It seems to be great for my oral health...my gums have stopped bleeding. Been taking one 50 mg tab for two months now."Replies
05/22/2011: George from Melbourne, Vic replies: "I have been taking zinc for 2 months now and I have been told by my dr it increases the immune system and white blood cell count..."
[YEA] 06/05/2011: Harrie from Ennis, Tx replies: "I have been taking Zinc 50 mg for two years now. I had a MRSA infection and was in the hospital and the infection control doctor put me on it. He said it helped build up the immune system. Also, since taking it I have not had a single cold, flu or any other type respiratory problem. I had also had another doctor tell me he took Zinc in the winters to avoid colds/flu. So I guess there is something to it."
06/06/2011: Suzie from New York, Usa replies: "you need to keep an eye on your copper levels when you are taking zinc supplements as it may effect your neutrophils...."
06/13/2012: Wilmaj from Santa Margarita, Ca, United States replies: "At first, I only believed that only a Vitamin C is crucial for me, I don't even believe in any supplements right now and which one are the effective ones. After several years I discovered that I'm having zinc deficiency symptoms which I read from this http://products.mercola.com/zinc-supplements/ a Dr. Mercola's article and I wanna know if it is true at all about what he is saying?"
06/14/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, USA replies: "We are living in the industrial/agricultural age where nutritional deficiencies are on the rise (in our exo & endo environments) and the hypoxic or lowered oxygen states are the natural consequence; and another consequence is Cancer.
Zinc isn't found in sufficient amounts except in perhaps 2 foods ---liver and pumpkin seeds, so if one never or rarely eats these foods and also doesn't take a multivitamin/mineral supplement daily, then deficiency is very likely."
06/14/2012: Maggie from Calgary, Alberta, canada replies: "How much zinc should females in their teens require? My daughter eats pumpkin seeds sometimes; never liver and has had acne problems since she was 11. She takes a multi with 15 mg of zinc. Wondering if this would be enough for her."
06/15/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Maggie, for a daily maintenance dose 25mg Zinc Citrate would suffice. In chronic disease treatment 50mg daily may be needed. In severe or acute illness up to 100mg can be taken. My current Z regimen is 100mg plus 3mg Copper every other day."
09/11/2012: Cornelius from Durham, Nc replies: "Try apple cider vinegar for acne. It works better than anything I've ever tried. You can find user experiences here on earth clinic."
Picolinate Vs. Gluconate
06/11/2011: Pat from Singapore: "hi, I've been reading on Earthclinic.com that zinc supplements can help with acne but there's so many kinds of zinc!
i narrowed it down to either zinc picolinate or gluconate.............. So may I ask which one is more readily absorbed by the body and hence, more effective for acne ?
01/09/2012: Dave from Vaaldam, Gp. South Africa replies: "I have been using zinc and castor oil ointment (commercially packaged and obtained from my local chemist(drug store)) as a topically applied sun block for the last six months. It has been amazingly effective and has worked better than the sun tan lotions I have used previously. It has also cleared my sunspots and melanomas from my facial skin. I find it very effective in healing burns and small wounds - it has now become my first aid kit in a jar!"
01/10/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Do you maybe have the formula for the Zinc and Castor Oil? I suppose that would be the only way one could have it in other countries. Maybe the name would help as well...."
02/01/2012: Linda from Geelong, Australia replies: "Not sure if it's the same chemical breakdown but Zinc and castor oil cream is available in Au in pharmacys and the baby isle of the supermarket--it's a great nappy rash/moisture barrier cream."
12/30/2012: Trisha from Prince George, Bc: "The only zinc our health food store carries is zinc citrate.... What is the difference in the zinc you recommend and zinc citrate? is it worth the $$ and effort to take citrate? will I see any improvement taking citrate or shoud I try to find the other kinds?