Posted by Lao Tzu on July 8, 2010, at 11:11:27
In reply to Getting to necesary dosage for Pyroluria, posted by TheTaoOfPhil on July 5, 2010, at 12:40:54
According to some sources, people with pyroluria may be deficient in arachodonic acid, an Omega-6 fatty acid. Supplementing with a little Evening Primrose Oil or Borage Oil (my favorite) should help in this regard. Don't overdo it with these oils. Sometimes, one or two capsules per day is all that is needed. I was taking 2 capsules of Borage oil for a while, then noticed after a while that I could only tolerate one capsule per day. I take only one 1,300mg capsule per day and that helps. You'd be looking for the amount of GLA in the supplement. Borage oil has more GLA than Evening Primrose oil and I prefer that, but some people like Evening Primrose oil instead. Borage oil may have a stronger effect, so it depends on how much GLA your body can tolerate.
As far as manganese, I take 10mg everyday with about 60mg of zinc picolinate per day. Taking zinc and manganese will help you if your copper levels tend to be high, but if your copper levels are low, supplementing with a little copper may be warranted. It's difficult to know exactly what your copper levels are like. Some sources recommend a hair mineral analysis to determine approximate copper levels. Many depressives have high copper levels, but some people are low or normal in copper. Anyway, taking a little manganese is a good idea, but I don't think it is absolutely necessary for pyroluria. It could possibly help depression by antagonizing copper if you have a problem with very high levels.