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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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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

In order to achieve 8 mg or 11 mg of zinc per day, you actually need to consume more than that because your body absorbs approximately 20%-40% of the zinc it digests. It is safe to take zinc supplements with an approximate 40 mg – 50 mg zinc content on a daily basis. Do not exceed that amount unless you have consulted a physician! If you consume 100 mg – 500 mg per day, you will experience serious side effects. The longer you “overdose” on zinc, the worse your side effects will be.

October 15, 2012 - 1:55pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

The RDA is based on prevention of deficiency after evaluation of dietary intake. People have different absorption rates depending on many factors. So the amount on diet should still be 8 - 11mg. You are confused.

December 28, 2014 - 4:41pm
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what is the difference between magnesium with chelated zinc and magnesium (slo mag)?

October 14, 2009 - 11:15am
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Hi Anonymous.

I have a degree in dermatology and have studied the use of zinc as a method to cure acne and other skin related disorders for some time now, so I know what I'm talking about.

Honestly, ignore that comment made in the post by Diane P. She clearly has no experience. It has been proven that one can take up to a maximum of 100mg per day without experiencing hazardous side effects. However, the recommended daily allowance for the mineral is from 15mg to 60mg. For acne sufferers, an amount of 60-70mg of normal zinc is recommended or 30-50mg of chelated zinc.

If you taking zinc as a added supplement for your general health, an amount of 15mg (chelated zinc) or 30mg (zinc) is adequate.

Lastly, if a over the counter product is sold that contains a total of 50mg of chelated zinc then it can in no way pose a threat to your health, use the product you purchased daily and make sure to follow it's suggested intake.

Hope that helps.

September 16, 2009 - 11:45am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Theres no suc thing as a dermatology degree. Thats not how becoming a doctor works which leads me to believe you are not a doctor and just want to stroke your ego by giving out potentially harmful medical advice On the fallacious grounds of an appeal to authority. Zinc competes with copper. Copper deficiency LEADS to iron anemia. Supplementing iron On top of high dose zinc will only serve to make youy more toxic and constipated. Also, when you take supplements you have to consider how much of that particular nutrient youre getting from your regular diet. For most people taking over 25mg/day is poisonous. If yoy like zinc forcolds, consider using Zicam as directed. Works for me.

May 30, 2013 - 8:48am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Most reputable medical and nutritional authorities regard doses of zinc in excess of 30 mg. per day as potentially hazardous. Treat advice to the contrary with healthy skepticism.

December 23, 2012 - 4:18pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I have struggled with acne since being a teen. It is genetics I realize. I have been reading a lot on here about chelated and non chelated zinc. Which is better for moderate but sometimes cystic acne. What would be good topicals to use. Also I plan to start accutane Can I take the zinc and possibly omega 3 fish oil too?

March 10, 2010 - 10:55pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

"Lastly, if a over the counter product is sold that contains a total of 50mg of chelated zinc then it can in no way pose a threat to your health, use the product you purchased daily and make sure to follow it's suggested intake." -----------------
Um, except a zinc-induced iron deficiency, which can lead to anemia? Research topics like these from multiple sources, people.

November 9, 2009 - 11:48pm
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Thanks for your reply. You are right, I am not a healthcare professional. The daily allowances I cited are from the Mayo Clinic's page on zinc. In no way should it be taken as a substitution for a regular doctor's advice to a patient. But it's a guideline.

September 18, 2009 - 8:11am
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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?

August 24, 2009 - 7:09pm
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