Zinc supplements?

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Sara14
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   Posted 1/19/2008 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
My PCP did a blood test to check for zinc levels during a check-up a couple months ago and it came back low. She didn't tell me how low I was, but said she'd talk to the dietician at the clinic and get back to me. Well, a month passed and she never called me back, so I finally called her and her nurse (presumably after checking w/my doc.) told me to take a supplement daily. She said either a 25 mg or 50 mg. dose -- and that my doctor couldn't remember what dosage they came in! Just from doing a quick google search, I know they come in a variety of dosages and there are different forms of zinc in supplements to take. I also read it can be detrimental to take too high of a dose for an extended period of time. And the recommended daily intake is only 11-15 mg. I don't really even know why she originally tested me for it...I think because one of my toenails has weird ripples on it and she did a search while I was in the room and zinc deficiency came up as a possibility.
 
Anyone take zinc supplements? What dosage and type do you take? Does it help your UC at all? I've been taking 50 mg. ones so far, b/c I already had some. Thanks.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D); fish oil


Knitty_Cat
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   Posted 1/19/2008 4:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sara

I've been taking zinc for just over a year now. I just started with a mild one - about 22mg because I had white spots on my fingernails. It took a while but really helped for that problem and I haven't had any white spots for months now. From the reading I've done, my sort of dose isn't going to cause any problems. I have read previously that zinc is absorbed quite far down in our system so any UC problems such as D can stop your absorbtion of zinc.

The zinc had absolutely no effect on my UC - I've still had the usual number of flares in the last year.

Here's a web page that discusses zinc and zinc supplements. They say that the upper limit per day for an adult is 40mg, although they also say that the adverse effects only start to happen about 150mg.

http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/factsheets/cc/zinc.html#what

Good luck with it - it certainly improved my fingernails and toenails!
Left Sided UC
Maintenance Meds: Salofalk tablets (Asacol) 2 tablets 4 times daily (4gm total) plus 2 Salofalk foam enemas per week.
Flare Meds: Salofalk enemas and/or Colifoam
Oat bran 60grams daily, Metamuscil and multivitamins


Gargamel
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   Posted 1/19/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I've heard that Zinc suppliments are good for the healing process and also make the colon more alkaline an environment preferred by good bacteria.

G

JewelsOK
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   Posted 1/19/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
In my 8 year olds case, her labs showed she tests low in Alk. Phos. and her doctor said that usually means they are low in zinc and that results in poor growth. She said we'd watch it a bit longer and see what happens before supplementing. She has grown and inch since October and her last labs showed an increase in Alk Phos. I have been giving her a multi vitamin that has zinc in it...
Julie - Mom of Son 16 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine, Imuran, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Zyrtec, Iron, Biotin, Vit/Min
& Daughter 8 UC dx 08/07 Colazal, Prednisone, 6MP, Iron, Vit/Min.


mudua
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   Posted 1/19/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
about 3 years ago i took zinc lozenges to treat a cold and in about 3 days I went into a severe flareup.

Sara14
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   Posted 1/19/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the input. I have read that doses higher than 50 mg/daily can produce adverse side effects, so maybe I should be taking a lower dose. I've also read supplementing w/zinc without copper can cause copper deficiencies. I'm wondering why my doctor didn't tell me any of this...
Does it matter what type of zinc you take? I've seen zinc gluconate, zinc picolinate, and others.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D); fish oil


quincy
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   Posted 1/19/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't take high dosages. They come in low 10mg dosages by Swiss brand.
I take one twice a day.....plus I eat foods that have zinc in them.

Go the food route and add some supplementation. One thing about the 10mg...you can increase if needed. With a higher dosage, it could be too high period.

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Knitty_Cat
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   Posted 1/19/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sara

In the doses that Quincy and I are talking about, you really have nothing to worry about. I've just checked with "The Vitamin Bible" by Earl Mindell (a famous book about vitamins and minerals) and he says zinc-sulphate or zinc-gluconate are equally effective but zinc-gluconate "appears to be more easily tolerated". You'd really have to go crazy with it to cause a copper deficiency. If you are worried, take a smaller dose for a few months and then ask for another blood test to check if you have addressed the deficiency. Once you've fixed your deficiency, you can stop he tablets and just approach it through diet. My book lists good food sources as steak, lamb, pork loin, wheat germ, eggs, and nonfat dry milk.
Left Sided UC
Maintenance Meds: Salofalk tablets (Asacol) 2 tablets 4 times daily (4gm total) plus 2 Salofalk foam enemas per week.
Flare Meds: Salofalk enemas and/or Colifoam
Oat bran 60grams daily, Metamuscil and multivitamins


Sara14
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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys. I'll pick up some lower-dose supplements today. I'm a vegetarian, so I get the majority of my zinc through grains, but they have phytates in them which make it harder to absorb the zinc. I do eat eggs though. Thanks again for all the suggestions.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D); fish oil

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