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bought chelated zinc. too much zinc is dangerous, right? and normal daily intake for adults should be 0nly 15 mg. the chelated zinc that i bought is 50 mg. how would i consume this? once a week?

By Anonymous August 24, 2009 - 8:20pm
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Hi, Anon, and welcome! Thanks for your question.

You might be interested in our EmpowHer Encyclopedia information on zinc, which is very thorough:


You're right, too much zinc can lead to zinc toxicity, which usually results in abdominal cramping, diarrhea and vomiting. Here's a good page that talks about various levels of zinc:


And here's the National Institutes of Health's page on zinc levels; it mentions that some vegetarians may need more, due to less meat intake:


Many minerals can also be sold in a "chelated" form. Chelation usually means that the mineral has been bound to an amino acid that may help you digest the mineral better, though it's not so in all cases. Whenever you're in the supplements aisle and you're stuck on something like this, it's a great idea to ask the store's pharmacist which product is best absorbed.

August 26, 2009 - 8:32am
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