Taking 200 mg of Zinc....

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Freakzilla154L
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   Posted 4/25/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,

I began taking zinc b/c of seborrhea dermatitis and these nasty plugs that come out of my pores and scalp... This also includes the dandruff and flakes that come along with it. I also have a few little sores that never go away, except maybe fading like there gonna heal, but don't.....


I started taking 200mg of zinc for seven days then decreased to 100 mg for the last two days and I will continue to do so, however within the first two days of taking 200 mg I felt a difference with my skin. It improved greatly, felt smoother, and looked better. I even felt better. It's strange. However, since then, I have gone alittle backwards.

I'm considering taking 200-300 mg of zinc continuously to see what happens. Is this a good idea? Has anyone tried this? I felt and looked so good the 2 and 3 day... It was amazing.....


So, I'm nervous and confused kind of.... Any advice????

Thanks.... GO FLYERS!!!!

VerM
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   Posted 4/25/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Go CANUCKS!!

 


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bookworm21
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   Posted 4/25/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad to hear that zinc has helped. I'm thinking about taking it for acne and hair loss. Has it affected your UC in any way?

Freakzilla154L
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   Posted 4/25/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
No it hasn't affected my UP. I'm feeling much better lately....

I haven't gone back up to 200mg of zinc yet... Not sure if I should?

quincy
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   Posted 4/25/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely, there can be serious side effects fropm high dosages of zinc supplements, and can be dangerous to your metabolism and absorption of certain minerals, etc.

Please do the homework/research....it's at your fingertips.

You could have an egg a day...good zinc, protein, vitamin A, etc.

q
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Zippy123
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   Posted 4/25/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not postive on this but I think high doses of zinc will deplete you of copper. Like one mineral works against the other.
I should take extra zinc for my prostrate myself.

quincy
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   Posted 4/25/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
It's recommended for prostate (not prostRate)health, not more than 40mg daily.

q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Sara14
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   Posted 4/25/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Quincy is right. Zinc in high dosages can be dangerous if you take it long term. The "Tolerable Upper Level" according to the NIH is 40 mg/day.

Taking zinc may also deplete your copper levels, as Zippy pointed out. about a year ago, my doctor put me on zinc because I was slightly deficient in it. I took 15 mg of zinc daily. I still supplement with it about once or twice a week. The brand I take also includes 1 mg of copper.

Zinc is one of the few nutrients absorbed in the colon (most are absorbed in the small intestine), so I wonder if having UC can make it more likely to be deficient. It never helped me with my acne...didn't know it was supposed to help with that.
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistant rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


JewelsOK
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   Posted 4/26/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
This is an interesting thread.

My daughter's lab reports from blood draws always show her to be low in Alk Phos which doctor says is often linked to zinc deficiency, which is then linked to slower over all growth in children. Doctor said lots of time when they supplement with zinc the kids shoot up. We will be testing for actual zinc deficiency and the next blood draw and go from there.

She is the shortest kid in her class, but has grown 5.5 inches since being dx at age 8.

Anyone ever hear of the link between low alk phos and zinc deficiency?
Julie

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine 6g, Azasan 75mg, Cortafoam (when flaring), folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 10 UC dx 08/07 Colazal 750mg x 3, 6MP 12.5mg, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle

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