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I think zinc healed my liver & cured my acne.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 23, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Can someone try to explain how multiple months on a Zinc Supplement may have cured my acne?

I think it somehow restored my liver to optimal functioning.

I was suffering from acne since my teens.

25 now.

E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

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on March 02, 2012
at 03:31 AM

I've started taking zinc with copper (100mg zinc/5 mg copper), to try and keep the two in balance. I've been taking the other things I've mentioned and seen some improvement in my keratosis pilaris(annoying little red spots). Hoping the zinc nips it completely in the butt now.

E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

(730)

on March 02, 2012
at 03:29 AM

You could look into Vitamin A supplementation, as preformed. (Retinyl palmitate) You can get that from cod liver oil. (I use fermented cod liver oil/butter oil mixture from green pastures. Amazing stuff. Covers you on K2 and D as well.) Make sure you're getting adequate Vitamin D, and Vitamin K2 (mk4) (menatetrenone) with that as well. The fat soluble vitamins are essential for building up those nails and other connective tissues. Also of interesting note, is that vitamin a and d deficiency can cause secondary zinc deficiency.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on February 01, 2012
at 01:49 PM

THat's pretty vague kristin. I spend a lot of time and effort finding foods that don't harm it.

1ab6a49e4a242627c5705e9861777627

(70)

on February 01, 2012
at 05:04 AM

Heal the gut!!!!!

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on January 25, 2012
at 05:12 PM

is there a brand or formulation you prefer?

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 25, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I've been taking 50 mg per day. And occasionally copper too. The most I have taken was 100 mg for a week. Made me pee a lot.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on January 25, 2012
at 02:06 AM

60 to 90mg a day. Research and me taking Zinc and nothing else helping leads me to believe this.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on January 25, 2012
at 02:04 AM

no, 60 to 90mg.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on January 25, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I would recommend to take at least 30mg.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on January 25, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Take more zinc.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on January 25, 2012
at 02:03 AM

60 to 90 mg of opti-zinc a day.

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

(1377)

on January 24, 2012
at 04:12 AM

And in what form? I've been Paleo for 6 months and I've been getting 16mg Zinc/day through diet. Acne's improved but not gone.

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on January 23, 2012
at 08:06 PM

The ratios are at least evolutionary appropriate and bioavailable with Food, so it's a lot safer. I should also say that eating low trophic level sea creatures like sardines is really important because you get calcium, iodine, selenium and some other traces that aren't depleted like plants and animals raised on shitty soil.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 23, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I think replacing some amount of the filtered water we drink with mineral water makes a huge difference as well since absorption of the ionic forms of minerals in aqueous solution is so high and because many trace minerals are present that you might miss out on. Who knows how I became deficient in chromium, but it made my life miserable to have blood sugar swings as a result. Certain individuals may have poor absorption or more excretion of things. Who knows? I'm hesitant to recommend supplementation because it's so ham-handed.

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(39831)

on January 23, 2012
at 08:02 PM

This is why it's so important to be active, because you need to "waste" energy in order to eat as much Food as possible so you can process vitamins and minerals in huge quantities. This is why I have such a poor view of VLC/ZC because their food intake is tiny and mostly fat, which isn't nearly as nutritious as a bunch of fruit, tubers, meat and organs.

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(39831)

on January 23, 2012
at 08:00 PM

I think it's safe to assume that 2+ decades eating a grain-based diet and drinking filtered water is going to result in a few mineral deficiencies. It's really difficult to track down which ones you may have, though zinc and magnesium are probably the most common. Once you track them down, it's difficult to replete the pools without disrupting the balance (i.e. creating/exacerbating a copper deficiency with zinc supplementation). The safest way is to eat a bunch of mineral-rich foods and hope for the best.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on January 23, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Travis -- how does one benchmark themselves meaningfully/with context for mineral deficiency?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 23, 2012
at 09:40 AM

Do you have a metallic taste in your mouth when you take zinc now? How much mg were you taking?

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on January 23, 2012
at 05:00 AM

Agreed, acne is pretty much indicative of leaky gut. Give strict, grain-free, paleo a good 6 - 12 months and you'll be amazed at how it will heal these sort of symptoms. Supplements may reduce healing time, I suppose - but generally speaking, giving your body enough time to replete on basic mineral and nutrient requirements will heal all of the basic symptoms of the SAD.

1ab6a49e4a242627c5705e9861777627

(70)

on January 23, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I guess I should finish...any skin issue: acne or other is a strong indication of having a leaky gut OR intestinal issue.

1ab6a49e4a242627c5705e9861777627

(70)

on January 23, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I guess I should finish...and skin issue: acne or other is a strong indication of having a leaky gut OR intestinal issue.

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1ab6a49e4a242627c5705e9861777627

on January 23, 2012
at 03:52 AM

I know that Zinc is a really important mineral when it comes to healing a leaky gut..makes sense

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 23, 2012
at 05:00 AM

Agreed, acne is pretty much indicative of leaky gut. Give strict, grain-free, paleo a good 6 - 12 months and you'll be amazed at how it will heal these sort of symptoms. Supplements may reduce healing time, I suppose - but generally speaking, giving your body enough time to replete on basic mineral and nutrient requirements will heal all of the basic symptoms of the SAD.

1ab6a49e4a242627c5705e9861777627

(70)

on January 23, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I guess I should finish...and skin issue: acne or other is a strong indication of having a leaky gut OR intestinal issue.

1ab6a49e4a242627c5705e9861777627

(70)

on January 23, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I guess I should finish...any skin issue: acne or other is a strong indication of having a leaky gut OR intestinal issue.

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0745889b041c0408c2ba85aaa8365016

on January 23, 2012
at 05:43 PM

Chris Kresser recently made a podcast about copper and zinc balance. Apparently many people have elevated copper levels which interferes with important hormones and can a wide variety of issues from acne to severe brain damage. Revolution Health Radio is his podcast. It is very interesting for paleo geeks.

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Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

on January 23, 2012
at 01:34 AM

what brings you to this conclusion on your liver and how much and what form did you take?

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on January 25, 2012
at 02:06 AM

60 to 90mg a day. Research and me taking Zinc and nothing else helping leads me to believe this.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

(1471)

on January 25, 2012
at 05:12 PM

is there a brand or formulation you prefer?

1
C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 23, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Zinc has not fixed my nail striations, white marks and acne. How much are you taking?

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on January 25, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Take more zinc.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 25, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I've been taking 50 mg per day. And occasionally copper too. The most I have taken was 100 mg for a week. Made me pee a lot.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on January 25, 2012
at 02:03 AM

60 to 90 mg of opti-zinc a day.

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

(1377)

on January 24, 2012
at 04:12 AM

And in what form? I've been Paleo for 6 months and I've been getting 16mg Zinc/day through diet. Acne's improved but not gone.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on January 25, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I would recommend to take at least 30mg.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on February 01, 2012
at 01:49 PM

THat's pretty vague kristin. I spend a lot of time and effort finding foods that don't harm it.

1ab6a49e4a242627c5705e9861777627

(70)

on February 01, 2012
at 05:04 AM

Heal the gut!!!!!

E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

(730)

on March 02, 2012
at 03:29 AM

You could look into Vitamin A supplementation, as preformed. (Retinyl palmitate) You can get that from cod liver oil. (I use fermented cod liver oil/butter oil mixture from green pastures. Amazing stuff. Covers you on K2 and D as well.) Make sure you're getting adequate Vitamin D, and Vitamin K2 (mk4) (menatetrenone) with that as well. The fat soluble vitamins are essential for building up those nails and other connective tissues. Also of interesting note, is that vitamin a and d deficiency can cause secondary zinc deficiency.

E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

(730)

on March 02, 2012
at 03:31 AM

I've started taking zinc with copper (100mg zinc/5 mg copper), to try and keep the two in balance. I've been taking the other things I've mentioned and seen some improvement in my keratosis pilaris(annoying little red spots). Hoping the zinc nips it completely in the butt now.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 23, 2012
at 08:06 PM

The ratios are at least evolutionary appropriate and bioavailable with Food, so it's a lot safer. I should also say that eating low trophic level sea creatures like sardines is really important because you get calcium, iodine, selenium and some other traces that aren't depleted like plants and animals raised on shitty soil.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 23, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I think replacing some amount of the filtered water we drink with mineral water makes a huge difference as well since absorption of the ionic forms of minerals in aqueous solution is so high and because many trace minerals are present that you might miss out on. Who knows how I became deficient in chromium, but it made my life miserable to have blood sugar swings as a result. Certain individuals may have poor absorption or more excretion of things. Who knows? I'm hesitant to recommend supplementation because it's so ham-handed.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 23, 2012
at 08:00 PM

I think it's safe to assume that 2+ decades eating a grain-based diet and drinking filtered water is going to result in a few mineral deficiencies. It's really difficult to track down which ones you may have, though zinc and magnesium are probably the most common. Once you track them down, it's difficult to replete the pools without disrupting the balance (i.e. creating/exacerbating a copper deficiency with zinc supplementation). The safest way is to eat a bunch of mineral-rich foods and hope for the best.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on January 23, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Travis -- how does one benchmark themselves meaningfully/with context for mineral deficiency?

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 23, 2012
at 08:02 PM

This is why it's so important to be active, because you need to "waste" energy in order to eat as much Food as possible so you can process vitamins and minerals in huge quantities. This is why I have such a poor view of VLC/ZC because their food intake is tiny and mostly fat, which isn't nearly as nutritious as a bunch of fruit, tubers, meat and organs.

0
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 06, 2012
at 06:38 AM

I agree. That's why I suck on pennies daily.

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