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Taking a Chelated Zinc Supplement - Do I need to take Copper aswell?

Answered on October 04, 2013
Created October 04, 2013 at 7:07 PM

In the process of trying to cure my Seb Derm!

After looking into the condition I found out that alot of people have had succsess with supplementing Biotin, the other B vitamins, Vitamin K2 and Zinc.

I take 44mg of Zinc a day, would I need to balance that out with a copper supplement? If so, how much and how often?!

Thanks!!!

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Yep, Zn/Cu interact biologically, and need to be balanced in roughly a 10 parts Zn to 1 part Cu ratio.

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on October 04, 2013
at 07:56 PM

Put what you eat daily into Cron-O-Meter and see if you're getting enough copper. If not, then I suggest you eat liver instead-you'll get plenty of copper from it

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Run a few days of your diet through Cronometer (or whatever), how are your zinc/copper numbers? If your % Cu is higher than your % Zn, you might be ok supplementing with only Zn, but if it is lower (more likely the case), then more Zn isn't necessarily good.

Also better (obviously) to seek out whole-food sources of your nutrients. Need more Zn (but not Cu)? 3 ounces of beef is about 40% Zn, with negligible copper. Need more Cu (but not Zn)? Can't go wrong with beef liver. Need both? Oysters! A single oyster is about 80% in both Cu and Zn.

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on October 04, 2013
at 07:37 PM

take this with a few grains of salt.

but my understanding is that zinc and copper are antagonistic in the same way omega 3 and omega 6 are or in the same way egg yolks/egg whites are (vitamin wise)

not sure if they cancel each other out or use the same receptors, but i think they do antagonize each other in some way and taking too much of one will cause a reduction in another. whether that leads to an issue depends on i guess your intake of copper through your diet.

ive heard you should take 1 mg of copper for every 15-20 mg of zinc(not sure on this either)

i personally supplement with 40~ish+ zinc and 1.5~ish copper / day

tl :dr - yes 1-2 mg/day or 1mg per 15-20 mgs(IIRC, not sure on this)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 04, 2013
at 07:45 PM

Yep, Zn/Cu interact biologically, and need to be balanced in roughly a 10 parts Zn to 1 part Cu ratio.

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