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Thoughts on Zinc reaction

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by Alexandra90, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Alexandra90

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    I seem to react very strongly to Zinc but have no theories to why. Any thoughts?

    It's almost as effective as taking a benzodiazepine. It calms me down, takes away stimulation and relaxes me both physically and mentally. In the beginning I could use it as an sleeping aid. I also got a temporary mood enhancement. The effect doesn't last for long though and it kills my libido. I can add that I suffer from akatisia from my ME. I always feel restless, uncomfortable and on edge.
     
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    NotThisGuy Senior Member

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    maybe because zinc has an antagonism to nmda? Maybe thats why it feels similiar to benzodiazepines.
    Zinc also calms me down, but it lowers cortisol too much and somehow i become anemic with it.

    I had a period of 1 year where I felt very stressed, restless and on the edge. The best remedy for that was increasing my meat consumption. I was eating 100g chicken breast a day and increased it to 300+ gramm of chicken breast. That really made the difference.
     
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    Zinc is an immune modulator. I just had this discovery recently. Very relaxing effect, just like a benzo for me too. :)
     
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  4. Alexandra90

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    Is it lowering or boosting? I guess that says something about my ME :rolleyes: I read yd it can be helpful to know which one helps, lowering or boost.
     
  5. Gondwanaland

    Gondwanaland Senior Member

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    Low dose zinc is said to increase conversion of testosterone into DHT. High dose is said to block the conversion. I suppose the benefit loss could be countered by increasing the dose, but I really don't know.
     
  6. Alexandra90

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    Interesting. I guess it blocks on my dosage 30 mg because it kills my libido completely if I take it everyday!
     
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    Might want to occasionally test your zinc levels to see how they are doing, copper levels too since zinc and copper are antagonistic to each other. My plasma zinc levels only normalize if I supplement though I can't say I notice any obvious change in health because of supplementation
     
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  9. Alexandra90

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    I will keep that in mind. I don't why if it's the zinc or just time or both but I'm recovering slowly :)
     
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  10. Rlman

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    zinc takes copper out of the body. apparently high copper can cause anxiety, restlesness etc and adding more zinc is calming. its called copper toxicity, there are webpages on such. btw copper IUDs can cause lots of health issues for some women.
     
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    Zinc lowers cortisol, and copper raises norepinefrine
     

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