Zinc/copper balance

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Zinc/copper balance

Postby brm » Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:15 am

Hi everyone,

I was taking a zinc supplement for some time until I noticed that my copper levels were getting on the low side. The zinc supplement was 15mg zinc picolinate daily, and I started adding 2mg copper picolinate daily, which I thought was the recommended amount for the 15mg zinc.

After I started doing this, my copper went up a little again (from 75 mcg/dL to somewhere in the 80's), but unfortunately my zinc levels also dropped considerably (from around 120 mcg/dL to 85 mcg/dL).

Does anyone have any thoughts about this? Is the 15/2 ratio not the right one? Are there strategies to assure that both copper and zinc are absorbed well?

Thanks,
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Re: Zinc/copper balance

Postby jimmylegs » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:38 am

it's 50:2 that should work much better. great work getting the zinc to 120!
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Re: Zinc/copper balance

Postby brm » Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:04 am

Thanks for the quick response!

Is the 50/2 ratio just the ratio, or would you suggest taking 50mg zinc and 2mg copper daily?

Do you have advice regarding the timing? Should the zinc and copper be taken together or apart (e.g. zinc in the morning and copper in the evening)?

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Re: Zinc/copper balance

Postby jimmylegs » Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:03 am

hi, you were taking 15 and 2, it should be 50 and 2. matches distribution in food better.
the serum ratio for zinc copper should be 1.1 (1.1:1)

zinc is naturally highest in the am, but do take with food. copper at the same time should be fine.

do you have good zinc- and copper-rich foods in your diet? for a foundation?
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Re: Zinc/copper balance

Postby NHE » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:54 pm

brm wrote:Is the 50/2 ratio just the ratio, or would you suggest taking 50mg zinc and 2mg copper daily?


I'm pretty sure that JL meant mg and not a ratio.
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Re: Zinc/copper balance

Postby jimmylegs » Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:25 am

brm wrote:The zinc supplement was 15mg zinc picolinate daily, and I started adding 2mg copper picolinate daily, ... Is the 15/2 ratio not the right one?
jimmylegs wrote:it's 50:2 that should work much better.
brm wrote:Is the 50/2 ratio just the ratio, or would you suggest taking 50mg zinc and 2mg copper daily?
jimmylegs wrote:hi, you were taking 15 and 2, it should be 50 and 2. matches distribution in food better. the serum ratio for zinc copper should be 1.1 (1.1:1)
there's an optimal ratio for balancing intake, and another ratio altogether for serum.. 15mg supplemental zinc is not enough to balance 2mg supplemental copper.
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Re: Zinc/copper balance

Postby jimmylegs » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:59 pm

look at this.

http://www.aor.ca/products-page/antioxi ... r-balance/
15 to 2! i had forgotten about this (because it's off..)
i have a huge crush on this company but some of their stuff makes NO SENSE to me :S
would be nice to know how and why they decided on these amounts.
and also would be interesting to see bloodwork on whoever takes this for a long time.

luckily there are plenty of products using 50 and 2!!
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