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A (Very) Short Guide To Zinc.

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A (Very) Short Guide To Zinc.

There seems to be much confusion and whatnot on this board with how to take Zinc, which type of Zinc to use, and so on. So I will share what i've read and experienced. Note that I am writing about taking Zinc in supplement form here.

I've been taking Zinc for quite a while, in different forms, and at different times. The most significant point to note is that I saw no effect at all from taking certain types of Zinc at certain times, but have experienced some reasonable success after implementing some reading and research I carried out.

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Zinc appears to work by reducing inflammation in the sebaceous follicles. The P. Acnes bacteria produces an enzyme which splits long chain fatty acids into shorter chain free fatty acids which are extremely irritating. This gives rise to inflammed hair follicles. Zinc blocks the enzyme and gives rise to reduced levels of free fatty acids and less inflammation.  It has been found that many people with acne have Zinc deficiency.

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Why not eat foods high in zinc?

Here is a link about foods with high zinc contents...

http://www.waitalk.com/cgi-bin/bb/ultimate...t=000132#000000

My reading of the anti-acne properties of zinc I can only surmise that zinc has no real direct effect on acne. If zinc did help stop bacteria from forming and therefore creating acne, I think we would have a prevention tool.

How much have you noticed a difference?

Have you changed your diet as well as zinc supplementation?

How many months have been taking zinc supplements?

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My reading of the anti-acne properties of zinc I can only surmise that zinc has no real direct effect on acne.

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I've been waiting for someone to post a run-down on zinc usage, I had been taking a different type of zinc, and it was making me feel sick so I stopped, I'll look into this other type, sounds good.

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how much were you taking?

anything in excess can be bad.

of course zinc is healthy for the skin, but why not digest it through your food consumption?

you don't need supplements all the time...

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Getting the levels of zinc you need to create the desired effect through food would involve consuming large amounts of certain types of food.. you could implement a diet change, if you wanted, to get more zinc, but this would require a lot more work compared to just taking a tablet before you go to bed. You could try it out and see how it goes, though,

However, in my personal circumstances, it would also be quite expensive to eat all that meat (and other zinc containing foods) to get the level of zinc you can obtain by just popping the tablet. I'm a student on a pretty tight budget so the easiest and cheapest way is to have the tablets.

Plus there is the added benefit of the picolinate variety of zinc enhancing the absorbtion of other vitamins and minerals in the body. I also think that the picolinate variety is easily enough absorbed to remove any sort of advantage that eating the food may have over taking the tablet, as far as how easily absorbed either is concerned.

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i do agree, but there are some considerations for people who take multivitamins.

your situation makes sense!

how exactly does this picolinate help with absorption of other minerals and vitamins?

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I have been taking Zinc Sulfate + B6 + Magnesium oxide tablets since the end of last year and they have helped my skin alot it takes a while to see changes but they happen after 2 or 3 months.

now i only have red marks and those annoying tiny little bumps on my forehead (What are These? and how do you get rid of them?)

a few zits here and there but i started out with pretty bad acne and this is what has helped me better than any thing you put on your face that ive tried.

And they have never made me feel sick must have a strong stomach smile.gif

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