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.