Zinc is an essential mineral needed in small amounts for good health. Zinc picolinate is one of the forms of zinc used for zinc supplementation. This form of zinc may be easier for your body to absorb than zinc gluconate or zinc citrate, according to a study published in "Agents and Actions" in 1987.
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The recommended daily intake for zinc for infants up to 6 months old is 2 mg per day; for infants between 7 months old and 3 years old, 3 mg per day; for children 4 to 8 years old, 5 mg per day; and for children 9 to 13 years old, 8 mg per day. Males 14 and older need 11 g per day; females 14 to 18 years old, 9 mg per day and females 19 and older, 8 mg per day. Women who are pregnant need an extra 3 mg per day and women who are breastfeeding need and extra 4 mg per day of zinc.
All the cells of your body contain zinc, which your body uses to turn food into energy, heal wounds, clot blood, and create DNA and RNA . Your sense of smell and taste, your immune system, cell metabolism, and thyroid and insulin function all require zinc.
Since zinc can act as an antioxidant, it may lower your risk for cancer and heart disease. It may also help with the prevention or treatment of acne, ADHD, stomach ulcers, macular degeneration, colds, canker sores, sickle cell disease, and HIV/AIDS, according to Adventist HealthCare.
Speak with your doctor before taking zinc supplements. Consuming too much zinc from supplements can be dangerous, causing copper deficiency, a weakened immune system, and toxicity symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, fatigue, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, increased sweating, hallucinations, loss of muscle coordination, and nausea. Zinc also interacts with a number of medications, including ACE inhibitors, antibiotics, diuretics, corticosteroids, and penicillamine.
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- Adventist HealthCare; Zinc; Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD; June 18, 2009
- "Agents and Actions"; Comparative absorption of zinc picolinate, zinc citrate and zinc gluconate in humans; S.A. Barrie, et al.; June 1987
- American Cancer Society; Zinc; Nov. 28, 2008
- Linus Pauling Institute; Zinc; Jane Higdon, Ph.D., et al.; February 2008