Hi all, I saw on paleohacks, http://paleohacks.com/questions/102977/acne-and-high-testosterone-low-estrogen-what-will-help#axzz24BScQS1C
a woman had been taking zinc and was still low in it when her naturopath tested her zinc levels. The naturopath prescribed a new form, and she has been a lot better, acne-wise.
(1) I have been taking zinc picolinate...is there anything to this article, http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/types-of-zinc/
advocating zinc orotate?
I try to eat cooked oysters, twice a week. (2) Is there a difference in the bioavailability of cooked versus raw oysters?
I noticed my hair felt thicker after taking the zinc picolinate, and that my nails seemed better too, but I think one also has to be careful of overdoing it with supplements. (per the perfecthealthdiet, personal experience). It's too easy to think it's one deficiency when it's probably many.
http://www.acu-cell.com/znk.html "It should be noted though that those infamous "White Spots" on someone's nails are not caused by zincdeficiency, as they are just as common in people with excessively high zinc levels."
(3) How does one get their mineral levels tested? How much does it cost?
Quite a while ago I read all the zinc-acne studies. If my memory serves me right the most often used zinc forms were gluconate and sulfate. Most studies on zinc and acne showed modest benefits.
I'm suspicious of the article you linked in 1). No references cited. The usual gambit that it has to be natural and organic to be healthy (natural fallacy). And the writer is "well educated" in all sorts of non-scientific and dogmatic alternative healing modalities. He could be right, but I would try to find alternative and more credible sources before paying premium prices for the supplements he recommends.
Quick search at PubMed shows little support for his claim that zinc orotate has better bioavailability than other forms of zinc. I could only find 2 studies:
I don't know about the research of that other doctor, but it doesn't seem to be published in any credible journals.
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