Zinc is a vital mineral for the human body; however, there are a few things to consider before consuming it.
As a mineral, zinc is an essential element that supports a healthy immune system and boosts metabolism. However, and like all other substances, excessive amounts of zinc can do more harm than good.
In this article, we will discuss the potential toxicity of zinc intake, as well as why Age Immune Vitamin C Complex is the smart choice.
One of the factors to consider is that zinc is an antagonist of copper, and large amounts of zinc may course cooper to deplete.
Note that copper, along with iron, ensures the formation of new blood cells, mineralization of bones, and preservation of blood vessels and nerves. Therefore, balancing the amount of zinc you consume is of the essence to avoid messing up the status of other minerals.
For instance, 60 mg of zinc is already excessive and potentially harmful, which brings us to the other factor to consider before taking zinc supplements – zinc toxicity.
According to studies, 80 mg of zinc per day might already be a dangerous venue. Signs of too much zinc include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and headaches. Taking too much zinc for a long time may also lead to low levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol).
Recently the popularity of zinc supplements has been on its rise. However, if taken without doctor’s supervision the daily serving should be maintained at 10-15mg level.
This is exactly the reason why AgeImmune Vitamin C Complex has only 12 mg of zinc gluconate in two capsules. We understand that once we approach cold/flue season intake of vitamin C might be higher than usual. Many customers take three and even four capsules of AgeImmune Vitamin C a day. While our body has an ability to flash the access of Vitamin C it will retain Zinc.
The different types of zinc
In general, there are seven types of zinc supplements on the market. Depending on your health status, you might need to take a specific form of zinc.
Here is what you need to know about the different types of zinc:
1. Zinc gluconate
Zinc gluconate is the most common and affordable form of zinc. This form is often part of cold remedies. However, zinc does support your immune system enough to reduce the duration and severity of the common cold.
2. Zinc acetate
Zinc acetate is the go-to supplement to treat deficiencies. It is also another common over-the-counter ingredient of cold remedies. Research also supports its effectiveness in treating the common cold.
3. Zinc sulfate
This form primarily treats zinc deficiency; therefore, you will often find zinc sulfate in the hospital setting to address severely low levels of zinc.
Zinc sulfate is also a common element used to treat different dermatological conditions, such as acne.
4. Zinc picolinate
Zinc picolinate is the best option for those with slow metabolism and malabsorption. The problem with many supplements is our ability – or inability – to absorb them. This form of zinc has a higher bioavailability than others.
5. Zinc orotate
As the name implies, this form is the result of combining zinc with orotic acid. The latter is incorporated in many supplements to boost absorption and ensure the transportation of the mineral.
6. Zinc citrate
In general, we find zinc citrate in toothpaste because it effectively eradicates the bacteria of the oral cavity, which can freshen your breath. This type of zinc does not have a metallic taste.
7. Zinc oxide
This form is used in topical creams or balms to treat minor skin irritations like diaper rash or chapped skin or suppositories to help alleviate rectal discomfort.
Zinc absorption in this form is significantly lower than others, so it is not an ideal choice for oral supplements.
Zinc is a crucial mineral that mediates a myriad of physiological functions.
Consuming this mineral in the appropriate amounts optimizes your health without exposing you to its toxic effects.