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A small personal investigation in Pyroluria

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by PeterPositive, Jul 1, 2015.

  1. PeterPositive

    PeterPositive Senior Member

    last year I tested my urine KPL/HPL levels as I found moderate help from supplementing high dose zinc and B6. I also knew that one cause of elevated HPL is leaky gut, which is an issue for me.

    The test came back positive, with mildly elevated KPL = 19.4 (range < 15) and HPL = 387 (range 15-250)

    After 3 months of supplementing zinc (40mg) and B6 (50mg) I tested serum zinc / copper and found elevated zinc values, suggesting that the additional zinc was too much.
    This also seemed to imply that I wasn't particularly "leaking" zinc... as one would expect with elevated HPL to bind the zinc and flush it in the urine.

    The only problem with the blood test was that I did not stop the supplements a few days before, so it didn't show how fast zinc got depleted.

    Now I've redone the test by stopping the zinc supplement 4 days earlier and lo and behold my serum level is below range even by taking 35-40mg every day (besides the 4 days pause).

    It seems a small pause is enough to drain it from the blood. The intracellular value instead was still in range though.

    Serum Zn = 0.7mg/l (range 0.8 - 1.4)
    Whole blood Zn = 4.8 (range 5.4 - 6.5)
    Intracellular Zn = 11 (range 10.5 - 13.7)
    Zn/Cu = 14.6 (range 9-16)

    I also checked B6 / P5P which resulted very high, so I am cutting it down.

    Moral of the story... mildly elevated KPL/HPL seem to indeed affect zinc levels. If the test is run without stopping the supplement values are high, but they drop very fast with only a few days of abstinence.

    I don't know if can generalize from my situation, but I hope this can help people with similar issues.

    For me this was helpful to understand how effective is the current Zinc dosage, if it's really necessary or if I am overdoing it (which isn't the case), and how to proceed for the long term.

    If anything is unclear let me know
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  2. JaimeS

    JaimeS Senior Member

    Silicon Valley, CA
    This is fascinating, @PeterPositive ! I had a similar issue with B9. My doc told me it was too high so I reduced - less than a week later it was at the lowest end of the normal range. Some nutrients we run through pretty quickly, or so it seems.
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