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#1 oryon

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 12:38 PM

I want to get some Zinc Gluconate to take in conjunction with Niacin. How much is a healthy amount to take? I've read some people taking 50mg a day and others taking 150mg a day.

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 09:17 PM

Start off taking 50 mg. If you notice no improvement, try upping it to 100 mg after a few weeks. But it's best to not take high doses of Zinc for a long time. Hopefully 50 mg would work out for you. Don't take 150 mg. That's way too much.

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:22 PM

Zinc really does help with the healing process. Whenever I get a pimple, it's either smaller than my past acne or heals up quicker than before I started taking Zinc. I take 50mg Zinc each day with food.
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Posted 12 August 2009 - 02:24 PM

start with 50mg then after a week go to 100mg for 2 weeks. if you see no results whatsoever then dont take it.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 11:12 PM

I take two tablets of Zinc everyday.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:27 AM

QUOTE (æ n e m a @ Aug 10 2009, 01:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How much is a healthy amount to take?

Nobody knows. 200mg/day can eventually hurt some people. The U.S. RDA for zinc is at most 12mg/day.

If you're going to take any zinc for acne, then you may want to consider taking 200mcg of selenium, as that increases the odds that zinc can play a role as an anti-oxidant.

I think impaired zinc metabolism is the root cause of chronic acne.
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Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:00 PM

QUOTE (databased @ Sep 20 2009, 08:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (æ n e m a @ Aug 10 2009, 01:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How much is a healthy amount to take?

Nobody knows. 200mg/day can eventually hurt some people. The U.S. RDA for zinc is at most 12mg/day.

If you're going to take any zinc for acne, then you may want to consider taking 200mcg of selenium, as that increases the odds that zinc can play a role as an anti-oxidant.


I know you're not taking tablets anymore, however when you were, how much were you taking? 180mg seems to ring a bell? Did you take the selenium as well?
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Posted 20 September 2009 - 04:26 PM

When I got clear for the first time, it was most likely the combination of taking 180-200mg of zinc, 200mcg of selenium, a Vitamin B pill, and getting 9 hours of functional (reasonable melatonin surge) sleep. 200mg of zinc is too much to take on a long-term daily basis without fear of harm.

I think impaired zinc metabolism is the root cause of chronic acne.
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