Posted by JLx on November 26, 2003, at 7:39:16
In reply to Re: Copper/zinc » JLx, posted by tealady on November 25, 2003, at 17:20:50
> > I was just thinking perhaps that the zinc I'm taking in 50-100 mg/day amounts, may counteract whatever little bit it could at that amount of any excess copper I may be getting. I'll hope for the best anyway! :)
> THAT much! Gee I took about 50mg Zinc(that IS elemental zinc?) for about 2 or 3 weeks..than had to back down to around 10mg a day. Sometimes I need a top up for a few days, but not often.
I'm taking zinc gluconate, some cheapo brand from my local supermarket. How do you know you need to top up? I can't feel the difference when I take it more or not.
> I just copied this from an old post of mine on another forum
> "Elaine's been talking about this lately..not sure if that is the board you mean
> 'The balance of copper and zinc are important for thyroid function. Studies show that people who are hypothryoid have high copper levels, whereas zinc levels are high in hyperthyroidism. If you were hyperthyroid for some time, you could still have high copper levels.
> Ideally, zinc is 8 times higher than copper, and this is the balance you find in multivitamins. Most have about 3 mg copper with 25 mg zinc. For hyperthyroidism, it's recommended that you ingest more copper making the zinc: copper ratio about 3:1, using about 8 mg copper to 25 mg zinc.'
> Also probably 20 yeaRS AGO I noted I was high on copper and low on zinc..so until my thyroid meds, I was always taking zinc only multivits..no copper.
> I guess why is explained by the fact that I was probably undiagnosed hypo. I always showed many symptoms of zinc deficiency..like white spots on nails etc.
> I really felt a heap better on the zinc supplements back then. "
> (Elaine is one of people I take note of- very knowledgeable, written many books on hyperthyroid etc. ..she suffered from this herself..by profession, excellent pathologist, so if you ever suspect hyperthyroidism her folder is the one to read)
I tend towards hypOthyroidism and if I'm getting about/at least 8 mg of copper per day by drinking tap water and from food (the tap water estimate is based on something Larry said) then an 8:1 ratio of zinc puts me at between 50 and 100 mg. so I should be ok then.
> When do you start your new job?
Not until the first week of January.