Posts Tagged ‘Zinc’

How to Improve Nutrient Levels

You may, if you have read my posts recently, remember my Specter of a Spectracell post. I thought I should update my readers on my recent conversation with Dr. Bruley and what we decided I should try to see if I could improve my antioxidant levels.

What came first the chicken or the egg?

The first question we dealt with was why were my anti-oxidant levels deficient? I had some ideas and Dr. Bruley had some ideas and in the end we both conceded that we didn’t know the why and the only thing to do was to move forward.

The facts are I already take all the antioxidants and my diet is quite good. My feeling is we cannot get all of our antioxidants and vitamins from our food anymore as the soil is so depleted everywhere, even in my own garden where I am madly trying to enrich the soil as naturally as possible. That leaves one the only option, take supplements to keep your antioxidant levels high. Also, with an autoimmune disease, a body may need higher levels of antioxidants and for sure B12, so the last thing I want is to have low cellular levels of Selenium, Zinc, CoQ10, B12 and Inositol.

Just tell me what to do

For once I kept my mouth closed (for the most part) and let the doctor do the talking. At $95/15 minutes I wisely decided to let Dr. Bruley talk and once we were off the phone I could digest everything he had said. (I used to balk at paying him that much per 15 minutes but then I found out that at a Minute Clinic you will pay$80 for one minute and all you will get is the same old allopathic crap). Here are the supplements he told me to take:

  • Selenium-Basically if I was doing 200 mg up it to 400 mg per day
  • Zinc-he recommended Orthomolecular Reactive Zinc which comes in 54 mg capsules
  • Inositol-750 mg  twice daily.
  • B12- injections of B12 may be necessary otherwise take 3000-5000 mcg of sublingual methylcobalamin B12 every day.
  • CoQ10-200 mg a day or if I am taking 200 mg then increase it to 400 mg a day.
  • Metagenics Dynamic Greens-1 scoop per day.

The difficult choices

I hate giving injections as a dental hygienist, so I really struggled with the idea of injecting a vitamin. After reading available literature and talking to Chloe, my research buddy, I have decided to try B12 injections. Chloe pointed me to a compounding pharmacy in LaCrosse, WI that her functional medicine doctor uses for B12 injections. There I found a very helpful pharmacist named Wayne who answered all my questions about the forms of B12 they compound to be injected, Methylcobalamin and hydroxocobalamin (which is considered the most easily absorbed form). After talking to him I called Dr. Bruley and he agreed to contact that pharmacy and I am going to do it, I shall try the injections of B12.

Also I am going to wait awhile before doing anything else about my digestion. Zinc is needed for  HCl  production (the acid your stomach needs to digest your food) along with B1, B6 and Histidine. Restoring my Zinc levels may actually kick my digestion in to gear and I will need no further assistance. It is altogether possible that if my Zinc levels were restored all the other nutrient levels would come up but that seems a bit risky.

As for the other suggestions I am increasing CoQ10 to 200 mg twice per day. I was taking  Selenium but have increased that to 400 mg per day. I was not taking Inositol, so have started that two to three times per day and I will most likely order the Metagenics greens BUT it has mint in it and my burning mouth and mint do not coexist well, so I am trying E3Live. As my regular readers may recall green drinks and I do not always do well together (check out my post on the subject) given the amount of brassicas they always contain and I can take E3Live every day without a problem.

What does this have to do with you?

Yes, I know you may be asking what this has to do with you and I understand. If you, dear reader, read my blog because you have an autoimmune disease (or even suspect you might have thyroid problems) someday you may take the big step and do a Spectracell blood test. When the results come back you, too, may find that you have similar nutrient deficiencies.

We thyroid people do share many commonalities because our autoimmune disease causes our bodies to be out of whack, our bodies are not like other human bodies but they are like each other’s and what works for me may work for you. If nothing else my results and treatment gives you a starting point and from there you will have to do what works for your body. As Bruce Lee said “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is uniquely your own”.

Have a healthy and happy Valentine’s Day,

Kris

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Minerals Anyone?

In just over a week I am to become a first time grandparent and I admit my thoughts are with my daughter, her husband and their son at, what is to us, a momentous time. That said, I want to keep providing my insight as this life changing event unfolds, so for the next week or so my blog entries will be short, sweet and to the point. Today I thought I would share some newly gained knowledge of the mineral Zinc. It’s importance was brought to my attention by Krispin Sullivan.

“Zinc is a mineral that is present in every part of the body. It has a wide range of functions. It helps with the healing of wounds and is a vital component of many enzyme reactions. Zinc is vital for the healthy working of many of the body’s systems including testosterone production. It is particularly important for healthy skin and is essential for a healthy immune system and resistance to infection.” According to Virileplex.com without sufficient zinc males can even develop virility issues and most males and females alike run a Zinc deficit thanks to our over worked and depleted soil.

Many humans need to add Zinc to their diet but you must be careful to avoid Zinc overdose (Characterized by stomach upset, heartburn and nausea. Recently Fixodent and Polident denture adhesives were linked to Zinc overdose in those who used them regularly). Also be aware of the possible need to take a supplement that contains some copper as too much Zinc can inhibit the absorption and availability of copper. According to Krispin Sullivan the recommended dosage tends to run between 15-50 mg of Zinc.

If you are like me, you might ask this question “How do I know if I need to supplement with Zinc?” I was surprised to find out there is a liquid you can use to detect a Zinc deficiency or Zinc sufficiency. Ethical Nutrients makes a product called Zinc Status. It is easy to use and will tell you definitively whether or not you are low in Zinc. You take approximately 2 teaspoons of the liquid in your mouth and hold for 10 seconds. An immediate taste perception (metallic in nature) indicates an adequate level of Zinc. If you have no taste perception or a delayed taste perception you need to take a Zinc supplement and test again using Zinc Status.

On the bottle it says that once you have used the Zinc Status to detect taste or lack of taste you can swallow the liquid. Krispin Sullivan states that Zinc Status can be used to monitor your Zinc levels but should not be taken as a supplement. I do not know the reason, so this is a guess on my part but Zinc Status has a very low level of Zinc (2 mg), so perhaps it provides too little Zinc for supplementation purposes. In any case, I am following her advice and using a supplement called Zinc Picolinate Plus by Karuna.

Zinc Picolinate Plus provides 25 mg of Zinc and 2.5 mg of Copper in each capsule which is well within the recommended dosage of both minerals. It does contain some rice flour and vegetable stearine but it was as close as I could come to the right supplement. I have been taking the Zinc supplement for approximately one week, so in one more week I will try the Zinc Status again. If I experience a delayed taste or none at all I will keep taking the Zinc supplement until I have the immediate taste sensation. In the meantime I am keeping my Zinc Status in the refrigerator as suggested to maintain its efficacy.

I always understood that you could tell if you were low in Zinc by looking for white spots in your fingernails. I don’t know about you but detecting Zinc deficiency by looking for white spots was difficult for me. My fingers take a beating with two gregarious standard poodles, gardening, cooking and housekeeping not to mention the very occasional unintentional bite from a human patient in the dental chair. I often have some nail bed damage and I could never tell if that was Zinc deficiency or physical damage to my nail bed. Now all I need to do is swish some Zinc Status in my mouth and see what I taste, easy peasy.

Thus far I taste nothing more than water, seriously it tastes like I have put water in my mouth, so I am eager for the day that I detect something akin to a metallic taste in my mouth. You will probably hear me from the St.Croix River to the great Lake Michigan when I finally sense the Zinc Status in my mouth. Well, on second thought, I may not be that loud but I will be quietly exuberant to finally have my Zinc levels closer to normal and thus assisting my thyroid function adequately.

Until next week,

Kris