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How long to correct Vitamin C and Zinc deficiency?

Commented on April 01, 2014
Created March 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I have a vitamin C and zinc deficiencies and was put on supplements, but don't understand how it works exactly. Why are doses proscribed in increments and not in one megadose if someone is deficient? And how long does it take to correct a deficiency averagely?

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on April 01, 2014
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on April 01, 2014
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Makes you question the zinc "deficiency" as well.

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on April 01, 2014
at 02:54 PM

You know what, I agree, scurvy is unheard of these days. Besides almost all fruits and vegetables have some kind of vitamin C content so unless the OP has been eating salt fish or salt pork and bread (19th century sailor food) every single day for the last few weeks, I doubt that she has scurvy.

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Nobody has vitamin C deficiency, except folks who are literally starving, which I doubt the OP is.

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Zinc/Copper are known to compete (dicationic metals). Fe/Mn and Ca/Mg do as well. Mostly you're looking for similarly charged, neighbors on the periodic table.

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on March 31, 2014
at 12:01 AM

Little neat tidbit I saw somewhere.(possibly relevant)

I think I read something about the zinc/calcium/iron/copper transporter in the body can only handle 800mg at a time, so if you consume these things together they compete with each other for space. (reason megadose may also not work) (doesn't seem intuitively wise to megadose a mineral/metal anyways)

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on March 30, 2014
at 11:49 PM

You won't absorb 100 mg of zinc in a sitting, the rest you'll just crap away. Your tissues store zinc (or rather use it) and when the stores are empty, it takes time to absorb it bit by bit and get it to where it is needed. If your body needs 500 mg of zinc in it, and can only absorb 10 mg a day, it'll take some time to become zinc replete again (those are completely made up numbers, but illustrate the point.) In contrast, vitamin C is quick absorbed, and excess is removed. Tissues largely don't store it, it hangs out in your blood.

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on March 30, 2014
at 11:46 PM

Yeah, I don't get why so many people have problems getting enough zinc...myself included. It seems to be a prominent issue. Maybe too many grains? Cause with skin and such zinc is a main factor that is deficient in many teenagers and such these days. I wonder what is going on?

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What do you mean zinc is stored? Can I have an example? Say I take 100mg of zinc...will it be stored or used? Why will it take such time to recover? I can only store so much at one time? So I may take 100 mg and be deficient but only be able to store and process some of it and the rest wasted? I rarely ate red meat and seafood at all. College...all I was eating was chicken and it wasn't enough.

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on March 31, 2014
at 08:30 PM

A mega-dose of a non water soluble vitamin would work great since you can store it in fat - like vitamin A. However, vit C and zinc are water soluble so you'd just pee out the excess and be deficient again in a few days without a regular dose.

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on March 31, 2014
at 07:11 PM

Oysters, with lemon. Done.

By the way, do you have scurvy symptoms? I googled scurvy and it looks pretty gross...

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on April 01, 2014
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Nobody has vitamin C deficiency, except folks who are literally starving, which I doubt the OP is.

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on March 30, 2014
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Why not a mega-dose? Because you have a limited capacity to absorb any one thing at one time. Magnesium is a good example of this… you take a megadose to cause a laxative effect. Vitamin C also can cause laxative effects in high doses. Our bodies really need tiny amounts of vitamin C, as humans recycle their used vitamin C, as opposed to other animals simply making their own. A single dose increases serum levels quite well and since we don't store it, you're set. Of course, the symptoms of deficiency might take a while to correct.

Zinc? I'm again amazed that people have issues with zinc deficiency, my diet is always so high in zinc and I eat little more than run-of-the-mill veggies, beef, eggs and seafood. Zinc is stored, so it will take a little more time to recover from such a deficiency. Was your diet truly low or do you have absorption issues?

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on March 31, 2014
at 12:01 AM

Little neat tidbit I saw somewhere.(possibly relevant)

I think I read something about the zinc/calcium/iron/copper transporter in the body can only handle 800mg at a time, so if you consume these things together they compete with each other for space. (reason megadose may also not work) (doesn't seem intuitively wise to megadose a mineral/metal anyways)

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on March 30, 2014
at 11:46 PM

Yeah, I don't get why so many people have problems getting enough zinc...myself included. It seems to be a prominent issue. Maybe too many grains? Cause with skin and such zinc is a main factor that is deficient in many teenagers and such these days. I wonder what is going on?

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on March 30, 2014
at 11:43 PM

What do you mean zinc is stored? Can I have an example? Say I take 100mg of zinc...will it be stored or used? Why will it take such time to recover? I can only store so much at one time? So I may take 100 mg and be deficient but only be able to store and process some of it and the rest wasted? I rarely ate red meat and seafood at all. College...all I was eating was chicken and it wasn't enough.

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