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ive never really taken any..but im thinking maybe i should because i don't get enough zinc, im pretty sure. just thinking about what i eat..i get enough of everything barring that.<br><br><br><br>
is taking zinc a good idea? is it easy to, when combining a supplement and a reasonably good diet, have too much?<br><br><br><br>
similar to my question about iron which was if i was told to take iron tablets for 6 months and am still taking them, but also eating immense amounts of iron to tget into better habits, am i at risk of too much??<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br>
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Before taking a supplement, try including zinc rich foods in your diet.<br><br><br><br>
These include nuts, tofu, miso, legumes and wholegrain foods. If you still find yourself deficient in these nutrients, then I would advise taking a supplement. However, make sure that you are not consuming over the recommended R.D.A.<br><br><br><br>
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You can definatley OD on iron!!! It's one of the easier minerals to over-do.<br><br><br><br>
Zinc is hard to asborb from plant food. In all honesty, it's easier to get it from animal food. Because even though poppy seeds and pumpkin seeds and nuts and seeds have zinc in them, our bodies can't convert that zinc to usable forms all the time. And if they can convert them, it might not be converting and using a good ratio of the zinc your eating. If our vegetables were organic and fresh, they would have plenty of zinc in them...but often their not fresh enough.<br><br><br><br>
So taking angstrom sized zinc or a zinc supplement every so often is a good idea I think.
 

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wrt...you can overdose if you're taking many supplements, but for most women, it's really REALLY uncommon to have too much iron, where as iron deficiency is not that unheard of. Have you had an iron/ferritin level blood test done?<br><br><br><br>
Have you tried one of those nutrient calculators like on FitDay? It may give you some ideas of which vitamins/minerals you need to watch more closely.
 

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hi guys!!<br><br><br><br>
jen- i have . tried fitday i mean. but when i went to the doctor and had the whole ferritin thing (assuming id be fine because of the over 100% iron intake according to fitday) i was under enough to be put on the supplements. i think the easiest solution is to go back and get tested again (its been ages) and see if i can go off them, because i feel great and i eat PILES of iron <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
cacao kid- thanks heaps! i didn't know that about zinc, ill absaloutely look out for some now!!<br><br><br><br>
groovy - thanks for the input and yup, i agree with you on going for natural foods BEFORE supplements.<br><br><br><br>
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lack of zinc causes lack of appetite<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.saltinstitute.org/publications/stm/stm10.html" target="_blank">http://www.saltinstitute.org/publica...stm/stm10.html</a><br><br><br><br>
you can't absorb zinc and iron at the same time so if you're taking a zinc supplement i would take a multi-mineral with it<br><br><br><br>
watermelon is an excellent source of zinc as are greens, cheeses etc
 

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Zinc might be a problem for people, who transient abruptly. They eat lots of greens, which are good and essential, if you're used to it, but if you confront the body with such a change, then zinc absorption might be too low and a supplementation of a couple of weeks might be a good idea. Anyone who switched slowly or years ago has the (zinc-dependent) enzymes to get zinc out of bounds and a´bsorb it properly.<br><br>
Iron, ofter told story, if you aren't iron deficient don't touch iron tablets.
 

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ohhh fascinating! thanks!!<br><br>
can't absorb zinc and iron simultaneously?! wha?! oh damn. my housemate just bought this amazing bread made of random seeds and stuff..so tasty..and its 'high in zinc and iron'...that means its futile right?
 

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<div class="quote-block">ohhh fascinating! thanks!!<br><br>
can't absorb zinc and iron simultaneously?! wha?! oh damn. my housemate just bought this amazing bread made of random seeds and stuff..so tasty..and its 'high in zinc and iron'...that means its futile right?</div>
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if it tastes nice, eat it anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"><br><br><br><br>
do you like seeds, i think pumpkin seeds are high in zinc
 

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You can absorb zinc and iron simultaneously, but they take the same ferry and ferries have limited tickets, so if you supplement one of the two, there are so many queuing that the other in normal proportion doesn't get enough tickets.
 

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ahahahah!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> that makes complete sense (no sarcasm!) actually. thanks, as always! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> : )
 
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