Thread: How much zinc is safe?
07-23-2005, 11:31 PM #1
How much zinc is safe?
As the title states.
07-24-2005, 07:23 AM #2
hera ya go..
From Medscape Physician's Medical News
Excessive Zinc Supplementation May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk
By: Laurie Barclay, MD
July 1, 2003 — Zinc supplementation may increase prostate cancer risk, according to the results of a study published in the July 2 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Reviewing data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, the investigators suggest that zinc supplementation of 100 mg/day or more or use of supplements for more than 10 years can more than double the risk of prostate cancer.
"The high concentration of zinc in the prostate suggests that zinc may play a role in prostate health," write Michael F. Leitzmann, MD, from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and colleagues. "Whether dietary zinc intake affects intraprostatic zinc levels is unknown. However, ingestion of 150 mg/day or more of zinc has undesirable metabolic effects, such as immune dysfunction and impaired antioxidant defense that are potentially related to prostate cancer."
During follow-up from 1986 through 2000 of 46,074 U.S. men enrolled in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, 2,901 developed prostate cancer, including 434 cases of advanced cancer.
Although supplemental zinc up to 100 mg/day was not associated with prostate cancer risk, men who consumed more than 100 mg/day of supplemental zinc had more than double the risk of advanced prostate cancer compared with nonusers (relative risk, 2.29; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.06 - 4.95; P = .003 for trend). In men who used zinc supplements for at least 10 years, relative risk was 2.37 (95% CI, 1.42 - 3.95; P <.001 for trend).
"Excessively high zinc intake was associated with an increased risk of advanced prostate cancer," the authors write. "Although we cannot rule out residual confounding by supplemental calcium intake or some unmeasured correlate of zinc supplement use, our findings, that chronic zinc oversupply may play a role in prostate carcinogenesis, warrant further investigation."
what are you planning on using for?
up to 80 mg may be safe, not for prolonged use though... as states on here
07-24-2005, 12:58 PM #3
From the research I've done (Optimum Sports Nutrition by Dr. Micheal Colgan), the maximum you would want supplement with is 50mg. That's what I personally use myself; along with magnesium and vitamin B6.
07-24-2005, 12:59 PM #4
I use the zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B6 as a natural test booster.
07-24-2005, 06:04 PM #5
If your worried about taking zma dont. Most dosages are around 30mg for 3 capsules (which is usually the recommended intake per day). That amount should be completely safe.
02-05-2009, 10:55 AM #6New Member
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From what I have read, 15mg is generally a sufficient dose for zinc when it's necessary to supplement with it. You really don't want to take too high of a dose (say 50mg). Also, zinc and copper compete with each other, so if you're going to take zinc for a long period of time, you should also look into a low dose copper supplement. But, if you have a zinc deficiency, it's definitely worth looking into. Zinc deficiencies can lead to hair loss, cold sores, acne, and even some hormonal problems, and it's necessary for testosterone levels .
02-05-2009, 03:58 PM #7
Up to 100mg but 30-50mg is the standard dosage.
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