Zinc is a key micronutrient important in growth and development, immune function, appetite, taste, smell, vision, wound healing, protein synthesis, cognitive function, learning and maintenance of skin, hair and nails. Low zinc is found in anxiety, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Other studies show supplementation with zinc improves depression, ADHD, migraines, symptoms of schizophrenia and happiness, pleasure.
The two most common causes of zinc deficiency are decreased absorption, primarily due to compromised gastrointestinal (G.I.) function, and insufficient dietary zinc.
G.I. function is compromised by inflammation, Leaky Gut, low stomach acid, low enzymes and an unhealthy gut microbiome. Many people show G.I. inflammation on their Health Equations Inflammation Calculator. However, many people with G.I. inflammation are without G.I. symptoms.
Chronic inflammation increases cellular demand for zinc. Therefore, it is not surprising chronic inflammation is associated with zinc deficiency. A significant majority of individuals show a high overall inflammation on the HEq Inflammation Calculator that suggests zinc deficiency.
The foods highest in zinc in descending order are: shellfish, red meat, legumes, seeds, nuts, dairy, eggs, and whole grains. However, legumes (which includes beans), seeds, nuts and whole grains contain phytates which prevent zinc absorption. Many people do not include much if any of the remaining four foods high in zinc. Therefore, insufficient dietary zinc contributes to zinc deficiency.
Other common causes of zinc deficiency include medications (NSAIDs, acid blockers, antibiotics), a diet high in sugar and carbs, high toxin exposure and stress.
It is important to follow the recommended dose schedule for Lipid-bound Zinc. More is not necessarily better. For example, while some studies show that 2-3 times the recommended daily allowance suppresses prostate cancer other studies say high zinc appears to increase prostate cancer risk.
The dose schedule provides approximately fifty percent or half the RDA, the recommended daily allowance established by the FDA. Food sources and other supplements usually provide the other fifty percent.
Recommended dose for infants 0-6 mos who are not breastfeeding, or who are breastfeeding but mother is not taking lipid-bound zinc, is 2 drops once a day (.8mg).
Recommended dose for toddlers, 7 mos to 3 years, who are not breastfeeding, or who are breastfeeding but mother is not taking lipid-bound zinc, is 4 drops once a day (1.6mg).
Recommended dose for 4-8 years is 6 drops once a day (2.3mg).
Recommended dose for 9-13 years is 10 drops once a day (4mg).
Recommended dose for age 14 and over is 14 drops once day (5.5mg).
Zinc and the Prostate
While some studies show that 2-3 times the recommended daily allowance (11mg for men) suppresses prostate cancer, other studies show high zinc increases prostate cancer risk. There is no explanation to date for this increased risk. However, it is now known prostate cancer cells do not accumulate zinc. While the prostate and bone have the highest concentrations of zinc in the body, prostate cancer cells have much less. The association of high urinary zinc in BPH and prostate cancer with these low levels in cancer cells suggests abnormal cells are unable to utilize zinc. *
Dr. Revici’s successful treatment of BPH and prostate cancer with Lipid-bound Zinc (LbZn) can be attributed to its effective uptake by abnormal cells which have pathological free lipids. His results also propose the zinc in Lipid-bound Zinc is utilized by abnormal cells.
While one dropper LbZn two times day is a sufficient dose for some men with BPH, elevated PSA and prostate cancer, others require a higher dose. A higher dose requires a complete assessment and ongoing monitoring of each individual’s cellular lipid defense, to avoid the risk of exacerbating pathology.
Zinc is anoxybiotic or anabolic at the cell level. The main criterion which favors a higher dose of LbZn is a dysoxybiotic or catabolic off-balance at the cell level. Use a simultaneous measurement of both serum and RBC potassium (K
) to determine and monitor the imbalance at the cell level.
Plot a simultaneous serum versus RBC potassium (K ) on this graph. Up to two droppers of Lipid-bound Zinc (LbZn) four times daily if K falls in the
upper left “dysoxybiotic” quadrant. Decrease and taper off as soon as K approaches the center.
Adjust numbers along bottom axis to correspond to the normal range of RBC potassium at the lab used, with the middle of the range in the center.
If there is also dysoxybiosis extracellularly Tissue Cholesterol (TCh)
less than 350, eosinophils less than 2.5, urine pH predominantly less than 6.0) Flame Quell is recommended, one dropper three times daily, until AM pH rises to 6.0 to 6.4. For extracellular anoxybiosis Tissue Cholesterol (TCh)
greater than 450, eosinophils greater than 4.5, urine pH predominantly greater than 6.4) LbS is recommended, one dropper three times daily, until PM pH decreases to 6.0 to 6.4.
See Benefits and Risks of Potassium Supplementation, in the Revici Journal, for a full discussion of potassium and K2.
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