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CFS and Zinc Deficiency

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by liverock, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. liverock

    liverock Senior Member

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    Whilst this article does not specifically refer to zinc deficiency and CFS, zinc deficiency affects DNA repair and immune function as well as increasing oxidative stress.

    PWC's appear to have lower levels of zinc than normal people.
    (Used up in repairing DNA and fighting oxidative stress?)

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16338007

    Zinc has an antagonist, Cadmium, which reduces zinc levels and is not only found in cigarette smoke, car brake dust and other industrial applications but increasingly in the food chain and it can also act as an immune suppressant and disrupt thyroid function.

    http://www.healthy.net/scr/Article.asp?Id=2049&xcntr=1

    I think the Zinc/cadmium ratio could have an important bearing on the extent of CFS symptoms, but I never hear much about it from those involved in treatment of PWC's.
  2. Freddd

    Freddd Senior Member

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    Hi Liverock,

    I found zinc to be a critical cofactor with the active b12 protocol. It caused substantial perceptable changes when I increased from 15mg to 65mg daily. Others have found it most helpful too.
  3. liverock

    liverock Senior Member

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    Freddd

    It might be a good idea to have your copper levels checked if you are going to be taking that amount of zinc for any length of time.

    Zinc and copper compete with each other for absorption and if you get too much zinc in relation to copper, you can prevent or lower copper absorption, which can weaken the strength of coronary artery walls. To compensate the body starts laying down plaque to help strengthen the arteries and this can create CHD.

    http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/28/7/764

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