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Bad stomach aches from Zinc - low stomach acid?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 16, 2013 at 6:01 PM

In my quest to fix my leaky gut, I recently started supplementing with Zinc - 25 - 50 mg's a day. After a few days of doing this, I started experiencing severe stomach aches which lasted for a few days. Since then, I cut out the zinc and im feeling better.

My question is, would a sensitivity to zinc be indicative of low stomach acid? From by basic understanding of things, there is a link between the absorption of zinc to stomach acid.

This is especially interesting to me, since my main symptoms of leaky gut is I have developed allergies to practically all high protein foods. Im starting to think now, perhaps its something like low stomach acid, which was preventing the proteins from getting properly digested, which then led to the allergies.

http://tennantinstitute.us/conditions/stomach-acid.html

http://www.nutritionalwellness.com/archives/2007/aug/08_stomach_acid.php

Thoughts?

9aa4046713d6cd5dbf3220d913a178a0

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on January 17, 2013
at 04:44 AM

do you take the HCL with all meals, including veggie only meals?

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on January 17, 2013
at 01:11 AM

+1, he's right, I use zinc piccolinate, no more issues.

9aa4046713d6cd5dbf3220d913a178a0

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on January 16, 2013
at 11:10 PM

@Roth Please explain why. I do have both those symptoms

D8d3320bb17b9f7b9af83cf1ad21c426

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on January 16, 2013
at 09:27 PM

I take the HCL with Pepsin before every meal, colostrum once a day and 1 digestive enzyme ever other day.

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on January 16, 2013
at 06:51 PM

To answer your query: YES. If Zinc gives you nausea or a stomach ache, you have low stomach acid.

9aa4046713d6cd5dbf3220d913a178a0

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on January 16, 2013
at 06:51 PM

I was only taking it with meals, never on an empty stomach so I know thats not the problem.

6df687f771c8c3bbf2c37b2333645991

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on January 16, 2013
at 06:37 PM

I also suggest taking L-glutamine. Here is the form I like best: http://www.amazon.com/Glutagenics-powder-9-27oz-259-8g-servings/dp/B0049YYYMS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358361424&sr=8-1&keywords=glutagenics

9aa4046713d6cd5dbf3220d913a178a0

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on January 16, 2013
at 06:27 PM

I have not. But damn, Im sure gonna start. How much and how often did you take the above supps?

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06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

on January 16, 2013
at 07:37 PM

Yah, I would say that low stomach acid can be the culprit for many things. When you have low stomach acid you can't absorb or utilize a lot of nutrients properly. In addition it causes all sorts of messiness like aches and reflux, etc. Like the person above I would suggest HCL. Also, maybe digestive enzymes, probiotic rich foods like kimchi and kefir.

I recently went to a functional med doc due to many issues, but it seems that the source for nearly all my problems is likely in my gut. One of my issues in gastric atrophy and low stomach acid. He has me taking a product called GASTRO-ULC. Its made by Apex Energetics.

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on January 16, 2013
at 09:23 PM

Look for chelated Zinc... less trouble on the belly. I used to get spun-out... dizzy, nauseous, the whole enchilada. No more.

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on January 17, 2013
at 01:11 AM

+1, he's right, I use zinc piccolinate, no more issues.

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on January 16, 2013
at 10:41 PM

This is my personal experience with zinc. Last summer all my hair was falling out because of too much extreme dieting. I read that zinc and biotin might help and I started taking them both together on a empty stomach. I had no problems with nausea and after about a month, one morning it made me severely nauseous. I was gagging. Tried it again a week later and same result. I think I was deficient at first and fixed it with the zinc.

My theory is if your body is trying to throw it up, maybe you don't need it. Your body know what it's doing. Maybe you're not deficient in zinc. That's my n-1. :)

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on January 16, 2013
at 09:54 PM

I've recently learned about zinc-carnosine (sold under the brand name Pepzin GI in the US) which is used in both Japan and Europe to treat ulcers. Looking through pubmed it looks like zinc might have an antagonistic effect on gastric mucosa, while zinc-carnosine does not. Could be worth a shot.

[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=zinc-carnosine][1]

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on January 16, 2013
at 06:47 PM

I cannot answer your question specifically, but I can tell you not to take zinc on an empty stomach. I would get really nauseous when I did. I do not currently supplement zinc and I cannot recall aches or pain associated. It is possible but it was maybe 8 years ago when I learned to eat with my zinc. Now I only take it if I get a cold.

Ideally you should take zinc sometime after a meal of animal protein as that greatly increases the absorption.

Lots of detail here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR602313 for zinc usage, side effects etc.

9aa4046713d6cd5dbf3220d913a178a0

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on January 16, 2013
at 06:51 PM

I was only taking it with meals, never on an empty stomach so I know thats not the problem.

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D8d3320bb17b9f7b9af83cf1ad21c426

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on January 16, 2013
at 06:19 PM

Not sure about the Zinc question, but have you tried supplementing with HCL with Pepsin and maybe some digestive enzymes? That was the approach I took to heal my gut. I also took colostrum.

6df687f771c8c3bbf2c37b2333645991

(158)

on January 16, 2013
at 06:37 PM

I also suggest taking L-glutamine. Here is the form I like best: http://www.amazon.com/Glutagenics-powder-9-27oz-259-8g-servings/dp/B0049YYYMS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358361424&sr=8-1&keywords=glutagenics

9aa4046713d6cd5dbf3220d913a178a0

(159)

on January 17, 2013
at 04:44 AM

do you take the HCL with all meals, including veggie only meals?

9aa4046713d6cd5dbf3220d913a178a0

(159)

on January 16, 2013
at 06:27 PM

I have not. But damn, Im sure gonna start. How much and how often did you take the above supps?

D8d3320bb17b9f7b9af83cf1ad21c426

(100)

on January 16, 2013
at 09:27 PM

I take the HCL with Pepsin before every meal, colostrum once a day and 1 digestive enzyme ever other day.

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