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I heard zinc causes weight gain...does magnesium with chelated zinc cause weight gain?

By Anonymous September 16, 2010 - 10:51am
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Actually.....according to studies zinc can insulin resistance and fasting glucose.....all this crap about taking excess zinc is a bunch of hellabalu......too much zinc also interferes with red blood cell production from the bone marrow because it suppresses copper intake from the intestines.....I also experience this phenomena when taking zinc....coincidence? I think not....just cause you post your picture doesn't mean you know everything.......zinc is a micronutrient not macro.....

June 11, 2013 - 8:57am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

How bout next time you proof read or avoid swallowing words?

December 10, 2014 - 7:41am
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Too much zinc can deplete manganese which can induce insulin resistance and lead to weight gain. Apparently its not too common, but I've had the problem personally when taking more than 10mg/day.

September 20, 2012 - 9:37pm

Zinc does not cause weight gain. In fact, zinc is actually a necessary mineral in your diet, and comes from many healthy foods. Zinc helps our body's cells and immune system function properly; it can not cause weight gain in and of itself.

If you are referring to someone who has too much zinc in their diet, zinc toxicity may result in "nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and headaches". More common are zinc deficiencies, and this can result in impaired immune function.

Perhaps you read that zinc can "cause" weight gain, due to the foods that contain zinc? Eating too much red meat, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, nuts and dairy could cause weight gain...but please know that in this manner, ANY food can "cause" weight gain when consumed in large quantities. What causes weight gain is a simple equation: consuming more calories from food than you are expending in physical activity. (Of course, it is not "easy" to get the weight off!).

Do you feel that you have a healthy diet with the appropriate amount of calories? Do you feel that you exercise adequately on a daily basis?

You can learn more about zinc at the National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements.

September 16, 2010 - 11:38am
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