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How much Zinc should I take?

Do a search for Zinc and read up on it. There are plently of old posts about this.

I take 30mg. It is strongly recomended that you do not take more then 50mg.

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I'm 15 and I take 100 mg per day... lmfao... i'm serious... lol they say taking to much can be toxic for your body... but I think i'm taking a good amount :D cause i'm never sick anymore

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100mgs of zinc is ur bodys maximum a day

and thats what r getting from 1tablet

so if you eat anything containing zinc in your day (which you wil)

then your OD'ing on zinc and tats bad

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I did the zinc. It made me queezy sometimes and I saw very very small results.

Do the vitamin b5 cure... That stopped the acne in 3 days. Not one clogged pore. No side effects.

The only set back was that I couldnt miss a day because my pores would start producing oil again. I did FULL-BODY, hormone balancing acupuncture... and within a week, i noticed a difference. I had severe oil-problems before. My mom thought i had a disease... and called me a duck...she said I could problably float because of all the oil I produced :P.

I did acupuncture 9 times, and My skin is parfect. Not one blackhead, whitehead, clogged pore, infection.

Remember, its NOT Ear-acpuncture :P. Its Full-body, hormone balancing acpuncture (by a registered acupuncturist).

I used the b5 cure... and lowered my dose of that each time i had an acpunture treatment. :):):)

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Special Things to take note for Zinc Acne Treatment - to use Zinc to treat Acne effectively

1. The zinc supplements you purchase need to contain the following minimum amount of zinc per capsule.

At least 30mg of elemental zinc.

This is simply because that only a small amount of zinc is being absorbed into the body in each capsule.

2. The zinc supplements you purchase MUST NOT contain Iron, Calcium or Copper.

It is a scientific fact that these three minerals Iron, Calcium or Copper are completing minerals for zinc. If you take zinc supplements together with them (if the zinc capsules you buy got contain any one of the above minerals), you will be as good as not taking and absorbing the zinc into your body.

You may have read on some online forums that to prevent overdose on zinc, it is recommended that the zinc capsules got contain a small amount of copper.

I beg to differ. Why?

Think about it. Only a small amount of zinc from the zinc capsules that you take is being absorbed into the body.

Add to that, most foods that you eat already contain Iron and Calcium. Also, most of the pipes that are used to transport our water supplies are made of copper. So, some copper may have dissolved in the water that we drink. As a result, when buying your zinc supplements, there is absolutely no need to buy ones that contain the above three minerals.

3. Take your zinc capsules at least 2 hours before or after meals.

Some of you may experience some physical discomforts when taking zinc on an empty stomach. But for my case, I didn't feel uncomfortable physically when I take my zinc capsule about 2 hours after dinner. I did not have any supper after that.

The rationale behind it is simple. As stated above, most foods contain either Iron or Calcium. By taking zinc supplements just before food or immediately after food will decrease zinc absorptions.

4. Buy your zinc supplements in either of this two forms,Zinc Gluconate OR Opti-Zinc (Zinc Monomethionine). If possible, buy the Opti-zinc form.

Zinc supplements come in a variety of different forms. For example, chelated zinc, zinc oxide, zinc citrate, zinc picolinate, zinc acetate, zinc gluconate or Opti-zinc.

If you go around fishing or searching the blogs, websites and online forums on zinc acne treatments, you will find and discovered that quite a lot of people have significant positive results when taking Opti-zinc supplements.

5. Avoid foods that contain phytic acid. Some examples of phytic acid include whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

I shall go into too much or complicated explanations of what Phytic acid is or the scientific reasons of why Phytic acid reduce zinc absorptions.

A brief explanation for what Phytic acid is or why it reduces zinc absorptions is as shown below.

Generally speaking, Phytic acid is the principal storage form of phosphorus in many plant tissues, especially bran and seeds. That's all acne sufferers need to know about Phytic acid, you are searching for a cure for acne, not preparing or writing a thesis on Phytic acid.

Phytic acid forms a highly insoluble complex with zinc which the body cannot absorb, so that is basically the reason why Phytic acid reduces zinc absorptions.

Some food that contains Phytic acid are whole grain breads, whole grain cereals, bran, cereals and legumes.

Fortunately, cooking processes can reduce the adverse effects of both phytic acid and dietary fibre on zinc absorption. For example, baking can destroy over half the phytic acid in whole meal bread.

Alternatively, type "Food Sources of Phytic Acid" into the search engines, without the " ". The first few result usually got provide information on some other dietary sources of Phytic Acid.

6. Buy a bottle of zinc supplements that contain around 60 capsules and not too much.

Although as you went around searching the Internet on zinc supplements as a possible substitute to antibiotics, and find out that there is a lot of positive testimonials on the various online forums, blogs and websites.

There still exist a certain probability that zinc therapy doesn't work or did not provide much significant relief for your acne.

So, it is better that you don't buy a bottle with more than 180 capsules in case zinc therapy does not work for you.

After you test out zinc supplements for at least 1 month, during the period of that one month, you confirm that zinc supplements got provide significant relief for your acne. Then you can buy in volume of 120 capsules and above to save money.

7. Avoid buying zinc supplements in the multivitamins form.

Look at the ingredients amount on the label of the multivitamins that you intend to buy. The amount of elemental zinc is very little and usually contain Iron and Calcium.

While some other vitamins and minerals are good for general health, they does little to nothing in the relief of acne. I use the example of a common vitamin to illustrates my idea that I trying to bring across.

For example, vitamin D is good for health generally, but does nothing for acne even if you eat tons of it every day. Moreover, you can get sufficient supplies of vitamin D from your usual food sources. So there is no need for you to buy vitamin D specifically or in multivitamins form.

Conserve your financial resources for some substances that provide greater marginal benefit for your acne.

8. Do not take more than 100mg of elemental zinc per day.

Mega dosing too much on any of the vitamins or minerals is always not good for your body. Unlike vitamin B5, you do not need to mega dose until 1g or 2g per day in order for you to see results.

For zinc acne treatments, around at most near to but below 100mg of elemental zinc per day is all you need for you to see results if there is.

Of course not everyone acne condition will respond to zinc. Even some percentage of acne people does not respond to antibiotics and need to be on Accutane. For those that are on Accutane, even got a small percentage of them, their acne does not respond to Accutane treatment.

9. The zinc co-factor mentioned by Leo Keisen in the ebook that he is trying to sell is actually Omega 3 essential fatty acids, particularly Fish Oil.

The Leo Keisen ebook is defintely not worth buying, you need to spends hundreds of dollars per month on some health supplements. He purposely avoids telling people what the zinc co-factor is so that when people achieve some significant results with zinc supplements, they believe in what he said and then buy his ebook.

This is his website that talks about zinc and that it needs a co-factor to provide greater relief for acne, http://www.natural-acne-treatments.com/zinc-acne.html, I sure most of us have come across this ebook and some have buy.

10. Avoids taking zinc supplements when you are on a course of antibiotics.

I read from somewhere that zinc supplements may decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics. I not too sure about this maybe someone can shed more light on this matter.

Anyway if you are on some antibiotics courses, you most likely have a high level of relief from acne. As a result, you do not need to take any other supplements.

The acne bacteria does not become resistant to the antibiotics that you are taking overnight, if the particular antibiotics that you are taking can still provide relief from cystic acne, then you should continue to let your doctor prescribe you that. I mean even if you got some small pimples occasionally here and there after one year of taking that antibiotics.

After maybe one year of taking that antibiotics, you will noticed that the antibiotics is getting less and less effective. But as long as you are free of cystic acne most of the time, you should continue to take that antibiotics instead of changing to a new type of antibiotics. Maybe you start getting some small pimples here and there occasionally, you can use fish oil to supplement instead of zinc as stated above.

More information on Fish Oil,

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Fish-Oil-...ad-t141574.html

11. Test your zinc supplements for a period of at least one or two months.

After taking note of the above things, you must at least consistently take the zinc supplements for a period of one month. Even antibiotics or Accutane does not make your acne disappear overnight.

To give zinc supplements a fair judgment, you need to mega dose a bit at first but still below below the maximum allowable safety limits of around 100mg of elemental zinc per day.

I mean at least mega dose consistently within the safety limits for the first month and if it produces results, then depending on the degree of relief from acne, you can reduces the dosage but in the first month that you try zinc supplements, you must at least consistently take the zinc supplements.

Do not take one or two pills today and then take another pill a few days later, during the testing, you must at least consistently take some pills each day. Otherwise if zinc can be effective substitute to antibiotics for your case and you incorrectly conclude that zinc doesn't work for you as a result of the above mentioned things, then you are selling yourself short.

Taken from here, http://www.squidoo.com/zincacne/.

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Thats pretty good info on zinc - just a few things though

Most zinc supplements don't supply 30mg of elemental zinc. Usually they supply a small amount (5mg) or the EU/US rda (15mg). So you'll probably see Zinc Citrate 50mg (which roughly gives you 15mg of elemental zinc). Some supplements don't tell you how much elemental zinc your getting, some label it just as zinc. Be very careful and read the label carefully as it's very confusing!

Also Zinc picolinate seems to be the better absorbed form of zinc

Zinc picolinate is one of the most bioavailable forms (10), but one of the best ways to increase zinc absorption in any form is to eat it with a large amount of meat or whey protein (casein may inhibit absorption), and this may prevent the inhibitory effect phytates normally have on zinc absorption (6). Although calcium, iron, and copper can all interfere with zinc absorption, studies in human adults confirm that this only happens when the ratio between the two elements is very uneven (6).

The recommendations for daily intake vary between 12-15 mg per day for men or 8-12 mg for women, and the UL (tolerable upper intake) is 40 mg. A low dose zinc supplement should be all that is needed to prevent a deficiency, although up to 30 mg is commonly taken with relative safety. The most important concern with zinc supplementation is the possibility of copper deficiency (11), and if you choose to use high doses of zinc (40 mg+ per day) the general recommendation is an extra 100 mcg of copper for each 10 mg of zinc.

A lot of people struggle to ingest Zinc without food though, so just be careful what foods you take it with. Pretty good zinc info overall though - good find :)

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50-100mg is good. Ive upped mine to 100 and found it beneficial at controling hormones and cystic acne.

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I've heard one should not take it more than 100mg a day. Here is some information about Zinc Picolinate:

Zinc Picolinate necessary for proper action of many body hormones, including sex hormones and proper fetal development. Zinc Picolinate is suggested for Individuals who desire immune support during the winter months, those with persistent wounds, Smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke, those interested in boosting immunity, those interesting in combating acne may all benefit from Zinc Picolinate.

There is evidence that zinc may be a component of other hormones in addition to insulin, and that it is involved in cell membrane health. Surgeons have recognized the importance of zinc in wound healing - and studies show that zinc reduces infections as well.

The research has also shown that the preferred way to increase zinc absorption is not to add picolinic acid to the diet, but to take Zinc Picolinate supplements.

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Special Things to take note for Zinc Acne Treatment - to use Zinc to treat Acne effectively

1. The zinc supplements you purchase need to contain the following minimum amount of zinc per capsule.

At least 30mg of elemental zinc.

This is simply because that only a small amount of zinc is being absorbed into the body in each capsule.

2. The zinc supplements you purchase MUST NOT contain Iron, Calcium or Copper.

It is a scientific fact that these three minerals Iron, Calcium or Copper are completing minerals for zinc. If you take zinc supplements together with them (if the zinc capsules you buy got contain any one of the above minerals), you will be as good as not taking and absorbing the zinc into your body.

You may have read on some online forums that to prevent overdose on zinc, it is recommended that the zinc capsules got contain a small amount of copper.

I beg to differ. Why?

Think about it. Only a small amount of zinc from the zinc capsules that you take is being absorbed into the body.

Add to that, most foods that you eat already contain Iron and Calcium. Also, most of the pipes that are used to transport our water supplies are made of copper. So, some copper may have dissolved in the water that we drink. As a result, when buying your zinc supplements, there is absolutely no need to buy ones that contain the above three minerals.

3. Take your zinc capsules at least 2 hours before or after meals.

Some of you may experience some physical discomforts when taking zinc on an empty stomach. But for my case, I didn't feel uncomfortable physically when I take my zinc capsule about 2 hours after dinner. I did not have any supper after that.

The rationale behind it is simple. As stated above, most foods contain either Iron or Calcium. By taking zinc supplements just before food or immediately after food will decrease zinc absorptions.

4. Buy your zinc supplements in either of this two forms,Zinc Gluconate OR Opti-Zinc (Zinc Monomethionine). If possible, buy the Opti-zinc form.

Zinc supplements come in a variety of different forms. For example, chelated zinc, zinc oxide, zinc citrate, zinc picolinate, zinc acetate, zinc gluconate or Opti-zinc.

If you go around fishing or searching the blogs, websites and online forums on zinc acne treatments, you will find and discovered that quite a lot of people have significant positive results when taking Opti-zinc supplements.

5. Avoid foods that contain phytic acid. Some examples of phytic acid include whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

I shall go into too much or complicated explanations of what Phytic acid is or the scientific reasons of why Phytic acid reduce zinc absorptions.

A brief explanation for what Phytic acid is or why it reduces zinc absorptions is as shown below.

Generally speaking, Phytic acid is the principal storage form of phosphorus in many plant tissues, especially bran and seeds. That's all acne sufferers need to know about Phytic acid, you are searching for a cure for acne, not preparing or writing a thesis on Phytic acid.

Phytic acid forms a highly insoluble complex with zinc which the body cannot absorb, so that is basically the reason why Phytic acid reduces zinc absorptions.

Some food that contains Phytic acid are whole grain breads, whole grain cereals, bran, cereals and legumes.

Fortunately, cooking processes can reduce the adverse effects of both phytic acid and dietary fibre on zinc absorption. For example, baking can destroy over half the phytic acid in whole meal bread.

Alternatively, type "Food Sources of Phytic Acid" into the search engines, without the " ". The first few result usually got provide information on some other dietary sources of Phytic Acid.

6. Buy a bottle of zinc supplements that contain around 60 capsules and not too much.

Although as you went around searching the Internet on zinc supplements as a possible substitute to antibiotics, and find out that there is a lot of positive testimonials on the various online forums, blogs and websites.

There still exist a certain probability that zinc therapy doesn't work or did not provide much significant relief for your acne.

So, it is better that you don't buy a bottle with more than 180 capsules in case zinc therapy does not work for you.

After you test out zinc supplements for at least 1 month, during the period of that one month, you confirm that zinc supplements got provide significant relief for your acne. Then you can buy in volume of 120 capsules and above to save money.

7. Avoid buying zinc supplements in the multivitamins form.

Look at the ingredients amount on the label of the multivitamins that you intend to buy. The amount of elemental zinc is very little and usually contain Iron and Calcium.

While some other vitamins and minerals are good for general health, they does little to nothing in the relief of acne. I use the example of a common vitamin to illustrates my idea that I trying to bring across.

For example, vitamin D is good for health generally, but does nothing for acne even if you eat tons of it every day. Moreover, you can get sufficient supplies of vitamin D from your usual food sources. So there is no need for you to buy vitamin D specifically or in multivitamins form.

Conserve your financial resources for some substances that provide greater marginal benefit for your acne.

8. Do not take more than 100mg of elemental zinc per day.

Mega dosing too much on any of the vitamins or minerals is always not good for your body. Unlike vitamin B5, you do not need to mega dose until 1g or 2g per day in order for you to see results.

For zinc acne treatments, around at most near to but below 100mg of elemental zinc per day is all you need for you to see results if there is.

Of course not everyone acne condition will respond to zinc. Even some percentage of acne people does not respond to antibiotics and need to be on Accutane. For those that are on Accutane, even got a small percentage of them, their acne does not respond to Accutane treatment.

Taken from here, http://www.squidoo.com/zincacne/.

hmm I thought you were supposed to take zinc WITH meals. Ive been taking it every morning with my breakfast

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Yes Molly, you are. I wouldn't dare take mine on an empty stomach. I took it with food and almost threw up :sick: I can't imagine how much worse it would be without.

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60-100 mg is what I've taken over the past year or so. Most of the research that has shown zinc to help acne has used fairly high dosages of zinc (up to 145 mg, but I wouldn't recommend doing something quite that high). Reading over the different studies, it did seem like higher doses generally got better effects.

One word of caution with OptiZinc: This is a really good form zinc to take, but make sure you buy the Source Naturals OptiZincand NOT the Soloray Optizinc. The Soloray brand has iodine in it (in the form of kelp), and iodine can cause substantial acne flares. The formulation of zinc that is called OptiZinc is patented, but different companies can buy the formulation and sell it. It confused me at first, and I didn't even know more than one company used it.

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i'm up to 300 mg zinc citrate (so i'm guessing ~ 100 mg elemental zinc) per day, i definitely notice an improvement in healing

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60-100 mg is what I've taken over the past year or so. Most of the research that has shown zinc to help acne has used fairly high dosages of zinc (up to 145 mg, but I wouldn't recommend doing something quite that high). Reading over the different studies, it did seem like higher doses generally got better effects.

One word of caution with OptiZinc: This is a really good form zinc to take, but make sure you buy the Source Naturals OptiZincand NOT the Soloray Optizinc. The Soloray brand has iodine in it (in the form of kelp), and iodine can cause substantial acne flares. The formulation of zinc that is called OptiZinc is patented, but different companies can buy the formulation and sell it. It confused me at first, and I didn't even know more than one company used it.

Im scared to take more than one of those zinc supplements you gave me Kim. It says on the bottle to only take one.

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fish oil pill supplement bottles advise you to usually take 3-4 pills daily, do you think this is enough ? probably not, will you see better results with more ? definitely

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fish oil pill supplement bottles advise you to usually take 3-4 pills daily, do you think this is enough ? probably not, will you see better results with more ? definitely

3-4 Fish oil supplements seems like enough to me.

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omg. u niggas. answer my question plz :dance:

I am unsure of what educational grade you may be in, but clearly you seem to be located in the middle school if not elementary range. Is it that difficult to properly use grammar and spelling? Whew, I pray for you in high school and especially college.

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thanks guys i wont use that word anymore. I found sumthing that cleared my acne completely in 1 week but it is really expensive. I didnt trust da lady at first but i tried benzoyl peroxide 5% from shopps drug mart, neutrogena sasilacilic acid, no masterbation, no fried or dairy, no stress by staying at home, everything. When one finally goes away another comes. But after buying this, i have perfect face like those proactive advertisement people.

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I've been researching about zinc and I found that Zinc Orotate has the highest levels of absorption compared to other forms of zinc...

Let me get your thoughts on this, thanks!!!

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