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What is the difference between chelated zinc and regular zinc?

By January 1, 2009 - 9:09am
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I was at the health food store a few days ago and noticed they had a selection of chelated zinc and just zinc. What's the difference? And how much zinc do I need?

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The Mayo Clinic's guidlines are for elemental zinc. Even 100 mg of supplemental zinc only has a fraction of elemental zinc.

August 15, 2012 - 7:30am
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ATTN: DIABETICS : I was on 3 pills 3x day metformin 850 mg tab and 3 shots 3x day Inj Novo 100 units insulin novolin 70/30. No mater what I eat my blood suger was 700. My feet, Legs swoll and was turning black! I took 8 Magnesium with Chelated Zinc Pills 1000mg daily and took bath with 2 cups per day of Epsom Salt Magnesium Sulfate U.S.P. First day after first dose my blood suger fell to 350 it is currently 150! My legs and feet are cleariing up! This has taken 6 months! My doctor and medical staff became angry when they learned what I had done!

June 22, 2012 - 5:17am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Its was the magnesium that helped you, not the zinc. Also Magnesium Chloride is far better for you and less smelly as well.

July 15, 2016 - 6:03pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Wow! Awesome and congrats!! I'm a

August 11, 2015 - 9:01pm
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is there a zinc that does not cause you to turn red

February 24, 2011 - 4:13pm
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Does Magnesium with chelated zinc cause weight gain?

September 16, 2010 - 10:49am
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Your question is answered here: https://www.empowher.com/community/ask/i-heard-zinc-causes-weight-gaindoes-magnesium-chelated-zinc-cause-weight-gain

September 16, 2010 - 12:13pm
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The dermatologist neglected to mention that high doses of Zinc can lead to an Iron deficiency, causing anemia. Which, by the way, is especially dangerous for pregnant women. No one should start taking massive amounts of any OTC drug, vitamin or mineral without first researching any possible complications. If you're taking 50-100mg of Zinc per day for a week because you're coming down with a cold, you have to make sure to supplement with other vitamins and minerals you might need; in this case, at least Iron. Regardless, don't believe something you read on the Internet--including this post--without researching multiple sources. (That includes more sources than the following link.)


November 9, 2009 - 11:41pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

You can't get anemia in one week. Even if your diet is iron-deficient.

December 28, 2014 - 4:35pm


If you read the previous questions about chelated zinc vs. regular zinc, you'll get the idea behind it -- it's a difference in absorption of the supplement by the body.

Here's a page of details about magnesium supplements. Slo-Mag is listed under magnesium chloride:


If you're pregnant, you need to not take this supplement without talking to your doctors first.

October 16, 2009 - 8:24am
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