Possible Zinc defficiency?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Okay, so my skin has blow up like I have never seen it before. My skin has been especially bad this last month and I thought it was from Aveeno Positively radiant products, but I stopped them a week now, and I am still getting the weirdest spots that take forever to heal!

Any would I get is very slow to heal and usually scaring.

I have lost my appetite completely, I barely even get hungry, but am making sure I drink my green smoothies in the morning, but my desire for meet is zilch. I will eat some and it tastes good, but I just don't have an appetite anymore.

I was taking an iron supplement, I dunno if this affects zinc absorption?

I used to eat SO much meat, until 2 weeks ago, I don't understand.

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on July 17, 2013
at 05:46 PM

It's just the most common skin lacking vitamin and I messed with iron cause I always have cold hands and feet, but I probably shouldn't have messed with it.



on July 16, 2013
at 12:06 PM

Possible a million things. What exactly is your question?

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on July 16, 2013
at 01:22 PM

Holy random diagnosis, Batman! All that dysfunction in your diet and it's zinc deficiency? Normalize your eating first, you need a baseline from which to hack your diet.



on July 16, 2013
at 01:19 PM

I presume her question is, "does she have a zinc deficiency?"

My two cents: For about 2 months, (I was iron-deficient anemic), under the advice of a doctor, I took an iron supplement and my skin exploded. It was also the experience of the woman on adnuther.com from only a couple of days of iron supplementation (adnuther = adventures in nutritional therapy)

FYI - Yes, iron does interfere with zinc absorption. See this chart for details:


The chart shows that iron competes with zinc for absorption, and also magnesium. I think calcium also affects iron absorption. Minerals and their absorption in animals and humans are complex things, is the take away.

It's generally a bad idea to supplement with iron because it feeds pathogens or bad bacteria in your body. Every pathogen needs iron to reproduce. So when you take antibiotics, for example, your iron gets depleted. Feeding the pathogens or bad bacteria in your gut with too much iron supplementation is my theory on why iron supplements can cause acne.

Chris Kresser recommends getting a total iron panel - Ferritin, an indication of how your body stores iron; Unbound iron; hemoglobin etc http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/iron/tab/glance

But also, perhaps your body isn't absorbing what you are eating. Perhaps your minerals are imbalanced. Perhaps you have an overgrowth of bad bacteria which it's going to take a while to get fixed and will also affect your absorption. You want to balance your copper and zinc, magnesium and iron. Iron promotes copper absorption so if you've been eating copper rich foods, you may be too high in copper as well.

That's why it's best to get nutrition from foods, and supplement wisely and moderately if you do.

In general, it's going to take a while to get everything balanced, and you might have to deal with some acne/skin problems until that happens.

I found that eating the perfect health diet, and their supplementation of trace minerals (like Lithium, molybdenum, selenium, iodine) and vitamins (C, a b50 complex once per week, B12, D3 (even though that one's a hormone), etc. really helped. In general, they advise getting enough nutrition, but not so much that the pathogenic bacteria can go to town.

But also, go to a doctor and get perhaps a metametrix organix acids test- it's good at telling you what you may be deficient in (lack of proper vitamins and minerals can cause skin problems) and how to supplement for your unique situation. The perfect health diet will work but may take longer because it's not customized to you. See a doctor - preferably a functional MD.

Good luck!



on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Aveeno is made with oats, which are, of course grains. Not as reactive as wheat, but...

Check your greens supplement, they may contain wheatgrass or other grains.

Lack of desire to eat meat is usually from low stomach acid, which is usually caused by either PPIs, or not enough minerals (magnesium, potassium, zinc, etc.)

Are you doing very low carb and consuming lots of fat? That will turn off your appetite.

Sorry, just not enough details here to guess at what it might be.

Too much iron can be detrimental. Unless you've done a ferritin test and it shows you're lacking, you shouldn't supplement.

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