Zinc plus Copper supplement is a combination of Zinc 50 mg and Copper 2 mg per tablet as Glycinate chelate for better absorption.
Why ZINC plus COPPER?
Because Zinc and Copper are minerals that work in concert in your cells. Excess Zinc intake (more than 60 mg per day) on a chronic basis can cause copper deficiency, which can manifest as anemia and neurologic symptoms. For this reason, it makes sense to take a Zinc supplement that also contains Copper.*
Health Benefits of ZINC plus COPPER Supplement
Zinc plus Copper supports:
- Immune System
- Energy Production
- Protein Synthesis
- Glucose Metabolism
- Skin and Hair Health
- Bone Health
- Prostate Health
- Health of the Eye – Studies indicate Zinc may prevent macular degeneration
- Health of the Brain
- Proper Utilization of Iron
- Wound healing
- Anti-Oxidant Activity of the Cells
- Over One Hundred Enzyme Systems in the body
Symptoms of Zinc Deficiency
Zinc deficiency is quite common.
Zinc deficiency causes non-specific symptoms such as
- loss of appetite
- impaired immune function
- delayed healing of wounds
- hair loss
- taste abnormalities
- skin ulcers
- age-related macular degeneration
- delayed puberty
- low testosterone
- weight loss
Remember, these symptoms can occur due to many other medical conditions as well.
Diagnosis of Zinc Deficiency
Zinc level in the blood is the most commonly used test to evaluate Zinc deficiency. However, blood level of Zinc does not necessarily reflects the tissue level. Therefore, Zinc deficiency may be present while the blood test may be within the normal range.
Zinc deficiency is basically a clinical diagnosis. Consult with your doctor in this regard.
Who Is At Risk For Zinc Deficiency?
- Diabetics, due to increased urinary losses of Zinc in urine if diabetes is uncontrolled.
- Elderly, due to decreased intake as well as absorption of Zinc. In addition, the elderly are usually on a number of medications (listed below) that can interfere with Zinc absorption.
- Vegetarians, because plant foods are low in Zinc content to begin with. In addition, Phytates in grains bind Zinc and inhibit its absorption.
- Alcohol consumption, which reduces Zinc absorption from intestines and increases its excretion in the urine.
- Chronic malabsorption conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic diarrhea, intestinal surgery, stomach-bypass surgery. These conditions cause a decrease in the absorption of Zinc, as well as an increase in the loss of Zinc in stools and urine.
- Any chronic illness such as chronic liver disease, chronic kidney disease, malignancy, sickle cell disease, etc.
- Pregnant and breast-feeding women.
- Drugs that can lead to Zinc deficiency include: 1. Thiazide diuretics: the mechanism is increased urinary losses of Zinc. 2. Antibiotics such as Cipro, Levaquin, tetracyclines. 3. Iron supplements can interfere with the absorption of Zinc in food.
Good Dietary Sources Of Zinc
The best way to get your Zinc is through selecting foods which are not only high in Zinc, but also good for your overall health.
- Seafood: Oysters (cooked), Crab, Lobster
- Meats: Beef, lamb, chicken and pork
- Plants: wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, nuts, especially cashews.
Cooked oysters have the highest quantities of Zinc, followed by wheat germ (roasted), beef, pumpkin seeds and cashews.
Vegetarians/Vegans At Risk Of ZINC Deficiency
Please note that whole-grain breads, cereals and legumes contain substances called phytates which bind zinc and inhibit its absorption. Therefore, the best sources of Zinc are animal based foods such as beef, chicken and seafood. For this reason, vegetarians/vegans are at increased risk of Zinc deficiency.