Have the ads for zinc supplements left out some vital information? Many do not list the ranges of safe supplementation as outlined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The levels vary by sex, age and pregnancy. Many fail to point out that vegetarians need to take more zinc than others because of the lower rate of absorption that their diets afford them. Those over the age of 55 may experience greater occurrence of zinc deficiency.
An average adult needs about 15 milligrams (mg) per day of zinc. Zinc can become toxic for prolonged periods at levels over 150 mg per day. Supplementation used for specific conditions has an upper limit of 60 mg for men and 45 mg for women. The toxicity from zinc results from its competition with copper absorption and lower High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) levels.
Does the question of whether those cough drops with zinc added do any good recur with every cold season? If this question comes up again the answer is yes, they do appear to shorten the duration of the cold. You may receive the best benefits from the use of cough drops because the mouth mucosa is able to absorb the zinc ions from the slowly dissolved form more affectively.
Much of zinc's recent popularity can be traced to studies showing correlations from its immune system impact. When zinc levels are low; T-cells decrease. This result appears to be separate from its use in supplements aimed at fighting the common cold.
Zinc is found in every cell in the human body. It is necessary for the formation of DNA. Used in over 80 enzymes, zinc is stored in its largest amounts in the muscles. Zinc is found in shellfish, beef, egg yolk, pork, whole grains and nuts. Zinc found in plants is less available for use by humans. Oysters are especially high in zinc with 148 mg per 3.5 ounce serving. Additionally zinc assists the body's absorption of beta carotene.
With so many bodily functions depending on zinc it should come as no surprise that low serum levels of zinc are found in people suffering from a wide array of ailments. Among these are anorexia, slow wound healing, skin disorders and night blindness.
Zinc supplementation is used to treat those with recent burn injuries; those suffering from Crohn's disease; persons with high levels of alcohol consumption and as a treatment for Wilson's disease. Wilson's disease is genetically linked and causes brain damage without treatment. Zinc works by blocking copper absorption which in this case is a desirable outcome.
Alzheimer's disease seems to benefit from treatment with zinc. This may be because of the influence of enzymatic processes in DNA production in nerve cells. The levels of zinc in Alzheimer's patients are much lower than normal. Zinc deficiency could destroy nerve cells.
Zinc supplements should not be taken by persons with stomach or duodenal ulcers. Similarly, anyone taking tetracycline or prescription calcium should not take zinc supplements as they may interfere with the absorption of these drugs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Functions of Hydrochloric Acid in the Digestive Process?
I need some help answering the following question. Any help would be greatly appreciated:
1. Under certain abnormal conditions, the stomach does not secrete hydrochloric acid. Identify two functions that hydrochloric acid has in the digestive process and describe how the failure to secrete hydrochloric acid will affect these processes.
Common Symptoms Of Low Hydrochloric Acid
* Bloating or belching, especially after eating
* Burning in the stomach, especially after eating
* Fullness or heaviness in the stomach after eating
* Nausea after eating or taking supplements
* Intestinal gas
* Bad breath
* Diarrhea or constipation
* Food allergies
* Itching around the rectum
* Weak or cracked fingernails
* Dilated blood vessels in the cheeks or nose (in nonalcoholics)
* Skin break-outs or acne
* Iron deficiency
* Chronic intestinal parasites
* Undigested food in the stool
* Chronic candida infection
Diseases Associated With Low Hydrochloric Acid
* Acne rosacea
* Gallbladder disease
* Autoimmune disorders
* Lupus erythematosus
* Myasthenia gravis
* Pernicious anemia
* Celiac disease
* Sjogren s Syndrome
Are You Confused?
Are you confused about pH? A healthy acid/alkaline balance of your body is the key to great health. When your body is functioning in top form, the digestive tract alternates back and forth between an alkaline and acid pH. Digestion starts in the mouth (which works optimally at an alkaline pH). Moving downwards, digestion in the stomach requires an acid pH. Next, the small intestines need an alkaline pH. Finally the large intestine
works best in a slightly acid pH. If any segment fails to keep its proper pH, then the segment before or after it can begin to malfunction. For example, the stomach works best at a low acid pH. If the stomach can t produce enough stomach acid, then it becomes too alkaline. This in turn, can cause the small intestines (which should be alkaline) to become too acid.
Low Stomach Acid
For many people, as they get older, the parietal cells in the stomach lining produce less and less hydrochloric acid. This is especially true of those who eat: 1) heavily cooked foods (which have no live enzymes), 2) difficult-to-digest foods such as red meat or fried foods, 3) chemicalized foods, such as those containing artificial preservatives and additives, 4) soft drinks, which contain high amounts of phosphorus, white sugar, and immune-stressing chemicals and 5) barbequed foods, which cause high digestive stress. (The blackened areas of the food contain carcinogenic [cancer-causing] agents.)
People Over Age 60
Over 50% of the people over age 60 have low stomach acid. By age 85, 80% have low stomach acid. These are shocking statistics. Healthy stomach acid is crucial to digest food properly in order to maintain good health. Hydrochloric acid is one of your body s first line defenses against disease-causing microbes. Weak stomach acid allows infecting organisms (that would normally be killed by the acid) to get past the stomach and set up infections in other areas. They can cause food poisoning and dysbiosis of the intestinal tract (abnormal overgrowth of unhealthy intestinal microbes).
For people aged 60 to 80, over 20% have bacterial overgrowth in the intestines. Over age 80, the percentage increases to 40%. This abnormal bacterial overgrowth is also common in younger people. It is linked to low stomach acid as well as eating a nutrientpoor diet, using antibiotics or pain killers, drinking excess alcohol and other factors. Thus, healthy stomach acid is a critical part of maintaining healthy intestines.
Getting The Minerals and Vitamins In
Adequate hydrochloric acid is necessary to absorb vitamin B12. B12 deficiency can cause muscle weakness, fatigue and many nervous system problems. Healthy stomach acid is also required to absorb many minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and most B-complex vitamins. Those with poor stomach
acid typically have low vitamin C levels.
I have a stomach ulcer?
I have been experiencing stomach ache....for more than one and a half weeks.i feel a bitter feeling in my mouth and tongue. I also have been having bad breath...i also had bleeding in my stool 2 times in two days. What is this?
You must do a colon cleanse is the first thing to do. Must rid of the toxins in the colon and then a liver cleanse right after that to clear the blood. An unhealthy colon causes bad breathe as well.
Causes of Peptic Ulcer
In addition to bacterial and viral infections, peptic ulcer can also be caused by poor diet, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, alcohol, smoking, and chronic stress. As mentioned above, various commonly used medications can also cause problems, especially asprin. In addition to aspirin, other NSAIDs linked to peptic ulcers include Advil, Clinoril, Feldene, Ibuprofen, Nalfon, Nuprin, Orudis, Oruvail, Relafen, and Tolectin. In severe cases of ulcer, internal bleeding can occur due to thinning of the lining of the stomach and/or intestines.
Quick Action Plan for Peptic Ulcer
1. Avoid all sugars, refined carbohydrates, sodas, milk and dairy products, processed foods, preservatives, artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame), corn syrup, alcohol, white bread and white flour products, pastries, and hydrogenated and trans-fatty oils, as well as all foods to which your are allergic.
2. Emphasize organic, fresh vegetables and non-citrus fruits, organic grains, as well as organic, free-range meats and poultry and wild-caught fish.
3. Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.
4. Miso soup and strained vegetable broth, made from cooking down a variety of organic vegetables, are healing and easy to digest, making them especially valuable for any digestive problems.
5. To reduce symptoms, eat small meals throughout the day, rather than following the traditional three large meals per day routine.
6. Certain herbs have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help repair the lining of the stomach and intestines. The best herbs for this are Echinacea and goldenseal, aloe vera, cayenne pepper, chamomile, licorice root, and slippery elm.
7. Therapeutic juices include raw cabbage juice by itself, or mixed with either carrot or celery juice; raw potato juice; wheatgrass juice; carrot, spinach juice; carrot juice; carrot, beet cucumber.
8. Soothing baths two to five nights a week can help to relieve symptoms.
9. If you smoke, stop, and also avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. In addition, learn how to effectively cope with and manage stress.
10. If you are currently taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, consider replacing them with safer, more effective natural remedies.
11. Nutritional supplements include vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, and zinc, taken with a multivitamin/multimineral formula. Essential fatty acids, especial omega-3 oils, are also recommended, as are bismuth and the amino acid L-glutamine. Linseed oil can also be effective. It can be added to salads or over drizzled lightly steamed vegetables.
Best of health to you
My anxiety is getting worse need advice on medications. Also have CFS/Fibro?
My anxiety is increasing. Having hard time starting medications. I also have Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. I take Ativan as needed and Tylenol for aches and pain. Doctor tried me on Zoloft made me more anxious, wellbutin I asked cause I thought it would help with the fatigue and maybe anxiety. Did not like how I felt on that. I have tried Lexapro and I want it to work and give it time but it makes zombie like and can't keep my eyes open tired. I only tried a week. Doctor wanted me to try klonopin. Klonopin gave me good sleep felt like wow we found something but my
Mouth was dry which I could deal with then it started to make my tongue feel funny but thought it was the dryness so the next day took again same thing except felt like my throat was getting tight and hard time swallowing . I want this med to work for me cause my mind was feeling clearer so I tried one more time then I knew I could not take because the throat swelling feeling is scary. I can still breath but think it is a allergy and could get worse if I push it. So now waiting for my next doctors appt. I need a medication my anxiety is bad. Anybody have anxiety, CFS, fibro, with medication sensitivities. What can I try to finally get control of this. I feel my doctor is getting frustrated with me because of all the trails of meds and nothing works or I don't like side effects so I quit and go back in hopes something would work. But feel inam running out of options.
I not a fan of meds, the body doesn't have a xanax deficiency,
A feature of niacin (vit.B3) is its ability to greatly reduce anxiety & depression. Niacin has ability to help you relax & get to sleep more rapidly at night.
3000 mg. Niacin suggested for depression (up to 11000 mg even) (per Food Matters video)
Do not use non-flushing or time released niacin in high doses though, only regular niacin.
Most doctors will prescribe Niacin in small frequent doses, and slowly increase these doses daily. Large amounts of Niacin will cause your skin to flush, but a slight niacin flush should end in about ten minutes or so and is considered normal. A doctor will most likely suggest that Niacin be taken after each meal in a small dose (such as 25 mg), and may increase that dose each day (such as 50mg at breakfast, then 25mg for lunch and dinner). These doses will not usually exceed 3,000 to 9,000 mg a day, and will be reduced if the patient s skin continues to flush.
Recommend adding B125 complex daily & extra B2 - 300mg in the morning.
Also recommend eating fish 4-7 times a week for the Omega 3 fats DHA/EPA - sardines, mackerel, herring, salmon & oysters are best options. I eat 1 oz. canned oysters every morning for the naturally occurring zinc (170% DV) & found it also had 90% DV of B12 as well as getting 1g a week in Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA/DHA.
DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the brain and retina. Low levels of DHA have been associated with Alzheimer's disease. DHA is depleted in the cerebral cortex of severely depressed patients.
Taking fish oil or krill oil is a convenient way to get EPA/DHA consistently but I m concerned about the degradation. Omega 3 fatty acids are PUFA s (polyunsaturated fatty acids) & extremely fragile & start going rancid as soon as exposed to air. PUFA s are fine from *whole food sources* but when separated from the food, begin oxidizing immediately & cause free radical damage to the body. I highly recommend making an effort to get as much fish oil from whole food sources.
I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.
I would recommend minimum of 10,000iu daily of vit. D3 (preferably in MCT base for maximum absorption)
I have Fibromyalgia -Vitamin D3 supplementation has cleared the constant muscle pain. I did high levels for 3 weeks & was pain free. I knocked the dose down to 2000iu's a day & a week later the pain was back. After restarting high levels, the pain is managed again after 3 days.
I personally did 35,000iu per day for 2 months trying to refill my stores. It is highly recommended that you have your vit.D levels tested but my research shows toxicity only at outrageous, long term levels.
Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS & being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems. Many researchers claim that optimized vitamin D levels are more effective than a flu shot in preventing viral infections.
The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -
Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations from researchers are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when stores are at their lowest.
Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low. It is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun.
Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.
* Reversal of advanced coronary disease
* Reversal of advanced lung disease
* Cure of multiple sclerosis
* Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
* Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
* Improvement in allergies
* Control of many cancers
* Reversal of osteoporosis
* Prevention of influenza
* Cure of depression & other mental disorders
* Hashimoto s hyperthyroidism
Recurring headaches every day for almost 2 years now?
Hi. I'm a 12 year old female. Every day I get really bad headaches. On a scale of 1-10 they're always a 9 or 10. I get them every day, at least 5 times.They're always on the right side of my head, never the left. And always right behind my eye, a little behind my temple. They're off and on usually for about an hour each. The most I've had in one day was 15. I went to my doctor about it several times but every time he said it's cause I don't eat breakfast every day. I eat breakfast on the weekends and now it's summer so I eat it every day and I'm still getting horrible headaches. They always come sometime around an hour or 2 after I get up. It's not diabetes either. I have a kidney disease so the only medicine I can take is Excedrin without the aspirin.I've been taking it every time that a headaches starts pretty much everyday now. Sometimes I have to take 2 cause it's so bad and won't go away. My doctor gave me some pills to take but I also have a heart arrhythmia so it makes me super dizzy and tired. My doctor won't let me get any tests done until I start eating breakfast on a regular bases. So does anyone have a clue on what's wrong with me? Please help.
P.S. My headaches are sudden, never gradual on-set.
It has been found that 4 out of 5 people in the US (or 80%) are deficient in magnesium. Only 1% of magnesium in the body is actually found in blood, and only .3% is found in blood serum, so clinical blood serum testing may not successfully identify magnesium deficiency.
Things that deplete the body of magnesium: These items dramatically speed up the depletion of your body's magnesium storage, and make it necessary for much more magnesium to be consumed:
High sodium diet
Medical drugs of all types, especially diuretics, digitalis
A high carbohydrate diet
A low carbohydrate diet
A high calcium diet.
A low calorie diet
Because of the competing nature of calcium and magnesium, excessive calcium intake from foods or supplements can lead to a magnesium deficiency.
Disease such as pancreatitis, arteriosclerosis, kidney malfunction.
Malabsorption problems caused by chronic diarrhea or vomiting.
High zinc levels
Magnesium deficiency >>>
If you are experiencing 2 or 3 of the following symptoms, you probably have a magnesium deficiency.
- heart palpitations, heart arrythmias
- chest tightness
- urinary spasms
- menstrual cramps, premenstrual irritability
- difficulty swallowing, a feeling of a lump in the throat
- light sensitivity, loud noise sensitivity
- high blood pressure
- numbness, tingling, zips, zaps and other vibratory sensations
- being uptight or prone to temper
- muscle twitches, soreness, cramps, spasms, tension, tightness
- back aches, neck pain
- headaches, migraines
- jaw joint problems
- needing to sigh a lot, unable to take a deep breath
- leg spasms, charlie horses, restless leg syndrome
- anxiety, panic attacks
How to Fix Heart Palpitations or Irregular Heart Beat >>>
Magnesium deficiency >>>
There's something wrong, i can feel it.?
Sooo, I'm going to be just randomly spilling everything out.
For the past couple of days I've been extremely exhausted, and the only thing my body wants to do is sleep. I hate sleeping, and I usually get about 6 hours; recently it is more like 19. The only other time I got 19 hours of sleep is when I attempted suicide with pills and alcohol, haha it just knocked me out for awhile unfortunately. So the hours are weird, but what else is weird is that I can't control it; one minute I'll be playing video games or texting people and the next I awake to the TV saying would you like to continue or a bunch of "hello??" texts. I'll pass out for hours, wake up and shake it off, then pass out without control. I'm fading in and out of consciousness. And I can only remember one dream, I usually have nightmares or I don't remember, so in my dream everything is normal, no weird dream stuff is going; it felt like real life, like I wasn't sleeping. But in my dream I knew I was dreaming so I went to my mom begging to help me wake up, she of course thought I was crazy and checked me into a hospital. I begged for help there only to be thrown into a room and set on fire, I can still feel every second of the pain. So I woke up... Oh by the way, every time I wake up, I have the worst headaches known to man but only for 2 seconds...never happened before.
Now more for the weird stuff, I think I'm being too paranoid about this, but one of the times I woke to a fly that kept attacking my ear, even when I pulled the sheet over my head it still targeted my ear, and I could wake up enough to look at the clock and then just pass out but the stupid little fly kept it up for a good 2 hours. Idk, just weird to me. This morning I woke up to an empty house and my dog at my bed side full on growling at me and barking her head off (shes a very sweet dog, not normal at all) so I call out her name and reach my hand out to pet her and calm her down and she tried to bite me! We've had her for 5 years and she's never attempted to bite me or anyone in the family. I cldnt leave my bed for 5 minutes, then she just randomly stopped and started licking my hand and being playful again. WTF
Now hallucinations... I've had these for eh, I'll say a year. Just minor noises at first, and no I don't hear people and blah blah. To be honest I see and hear cats a lot! It's so random, we don't have a cat or anything! But yeah they just stroll at my feet and meow and whatever, I know they're not real haha. They've been harmless until a week ago when one of the cats just attacked me, it came running up, jumped at my side and scratched me. No marks, but I felt it haha. I see my dog follow me down the hallway and when I turn around to tell her to go away and she's not there, she never was there. I hear someone pounding on the front door when no one is. I can stare at my house phone and clearly hear it ring when it is not ringing at all. At night I feel someone laying next time, I feel and hear their breath, I feel the tugs and the pulls. It's not nice, I know it's bad. I get bad vibes when I hallucinate.
My physical reactions: My right side of my body will not stop twitching!!! My right eye, arm, whatever, my body is twitching a lot. I shake a lot too. And I'm so dizzy, I've always been pretty dizzy but it's worse, my hearing is off and my vision is so messed up, when it is normally 20/20. The other day my mom tried to have a simple convo with me, it was so challenging, I'm so out of it all the time. It feels like I'm having a really bad trip and it scares me. Oh I'll be sitting in a chair and my heart will race and I feel like I'm having an anxiety attack when the only thing I'm doing is sitting in a chair!
Idk what this is. Idk if this is mental or physical health problems or even something with a demon, yes I believe in that stuff. I can't go to my mom, I already know what she'll say bcuz any other time I slightly mention this, it's just me going through teenage stuff. And my family doesn't believe in docs, therapists, or meds so this is my only form of help, please someone, anyone, tell me if this is normal? Tell me it's all in my head, or that something's wrong? I'm just so confused.
Oh btw, Im a 15 year old girl. I have a few medical conditions, none that wld cause this though. I've never done drugs, well I used to drink A LOT. Um I've been depressed for about 4 years. I got a bad, serious relationship bout 6 months, which caused my 2nd suicide attempt :p
Oh I talk to myself A LOT too, for hours and hours, I have convos with the different sides of me. I can make myself cry, laugh, I can scream and degrade myself too. Haha neighbors thought I was arguing with my mom, but nooo it was with me. Me screaming at me. Lovely.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain involved in the regulation of several processes including mood, emotions, sleep, appetite, memory and perceptions. Serotonin is the precusor to melatonin (sleep chemical).
Symptoms of low serotonin levels include:
Insomnia or light sleep
Anxiety or excessive worry
Panic, fear, and phobias
Post menstrual syndrome
Abhorrence of dark weather
Pre menstrual syndrome
A tense state of mind accompanied by irritation and impatience
Problems in thinking, concentrating and decision making
Scatterbrained and poorly organized
Needless feelings of unworthiness and guilt
Loss of interest and pleasure in usual activities
Loss of sexual interest
Emotional sadness and frequent crying spells
Low self esteem and self confidence
Chronic depressive disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Fantasies of escaping
Developing a need to change your life panic eg: midlife crisis, divorce
Preoccupied with experiences that may have happened years ago
Loss of appetite/weight loss or a craving for sweets and carbohydrates
Anger and aggression
Poor impulse control
Thoughts of harming or killing others
The following factors can cause low serotonin levels:
* Artificial sweeteners (aspartame)
* Cigarette smoking
* Ecstasy, diet pills, and certain medications
* Chronic opioid, alcohol, amphetamine & marijuana use
* Hormone imbalances (thyroid, adrenal, estrogen)
* Insulin Resistance
* Poor diet
* Lack of exercise
* Lack of sunlight/vitamin D deficiency (SAD)
* Problems converting tryptophan to serotonin
* Problems with digestion (low stomach acid is common)
* Stress and anger
* High cortisol levels (stress hormone)
* PCB s, pesticides and plastic chemicals exposure
* Under-methylation - folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 deficiency
* Iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, B3, B6, folate & vitamin C deficiency
* Glutathione deficiency
* Genetic serotonin receptor abnormalities
* Human growth hormone deficiency
* Progesterone deficiency
* Impaired blood flow to brain
* A lack of omega oils
* Excessive use of antidepressants
Off the top of my head, hallucinations and muscle twitches are listed under magnesium deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, hypoglycemia, and may be due to hormone imbalances.