So, I realised I have a zinc deficiency as I have many of the symptoms and the zinc taste test confirmed it.
Also, after sex, especially more than once a day, my hands become dry and lose some elasticity so when I open my hand, the skin overstretches somewhat unless I lubricate them with water. Also having stretch marks appear out of nowhere despite not losing or gaining weight or weightlifting.
Is this zinc/collagen related?
A loss of elasticity of the skin can result from a loss of the protein elastin. Although stretch marks can indicate more serious disorders such as Cushings, which can form purplish or pinkish stretch marks on the abdominal and thigh areas.
Loss of structural proteins such as collagen and elastin though is a gradual process. It would not occur immediately after ejaculating, which does reduce zinc.
What is the best way to treat the deficiency?
I recommend 50mg total daily intake of zinc. To much zinc can actually suppress immunity.
Is zinc picolinate the best supplement form of zinc to take?
There is not much difference in absorption rates between picolinate and the more common gluconate. Either will work. The most important thing is to maintain stomach acidity since zinc is acid dependent for absorption. So no antacids, acid blockers, calcium carbonate (oyster shell, coral or dolomite), calcium oxide/hydroxide (lime), magnesium oxide/hydroxide or alkaline waters.
Also, should I take it on an empty stomach?
No, always take it with meals. Zinc can cause severe nausea if you do not have sufficient levels of food in the stomach.
I purchased a Solgar branded bottle which contains 100 tablets, each containing 22mg of zinc picolinate.
Should I start on 1 tablet a day for a week and then up the dose to 2 tablets for a month and then also supplement with 2.5mg chelated copper alongside the 44mg zinc picolinate (split zinc dose or not)?
Split doses are fine. The copper part depends on who you talk to. In general it is a good idea to supplement the 2.5mg copper with the zinc, but we tend to get enough copper from water and diet that it is not always necessary.
Should the copper be taken at the same time as the zinc or at seperate times since they compete for absorbtion?
They can be taken together. There are plenty of receptors to allow both to be absorbed without issue.
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