What is Zinc?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Chelated Zinc OptiZinc Biocare Nutrisorb Zinc Show all

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See also: Bio Nativus Calcium Magnesium and Zinc Powder Calcium Magnesium and Vitamin D and Zinc Magnesium and Zinc PepciX Zinc-carnosine Zinc Citrate

Zinc is an essential mineral involved in the immune system, wound healing, and DNA synthesis. It is available through food sources including oysters, animal proteins, beans, and nuts, as well as a nutritional supplement.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 70 9
Support immune health 65 24
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 27 5
Hair loss 5 1
Support nutritional health 4 1

Show all 49 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 3
Mild 2
None 39

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zinc

Side effect Patients
Nausea 4
Abdominal cramps 1
Decreased appetite 1
Excessive sweating 1
Headaches 1
Insomnia 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zinc

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 14
30 mg daily 4
15 mg daily 3
100 mg daily 3
1 other daily 2
1 tablet(s) daily 2
50 mg m,w,f 2
1 mg daily 1
1 tbs. daily 1
30 mg m,w,f 1

See all 18 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Zinc

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 21
Did not seem to work 20
Course of treatment ended 7
Side effects too severe 5
Doctor's advice 4
Expense 4
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 59 patients who've stopped taking Zinc

Duration

Currently taking Zinc

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Zinc

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 38
Usually 5
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 34
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 25
Not specified 22
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9 patient evaluations for Zinc

Oct 5, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 7, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support immune health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tablet(s) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 27, 2015 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for vitamin deficiency)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Support immune health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for common cold)
  • Side effects
    Mild (abdominal cramps, headaches, decreased appetite, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 26, 2015 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for common cold)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Support immune health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for vitamin deficiency)
  • Side effects
    Severe (abdominal cramps, headaches, decreased appetite, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I think the zinc is what causing my digestive disturbances. The symptoms of zinc overdose are the same symptoms I've been having, and I think they have been happening every time I take zinc. Better to be safe than sorry.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 31, 2013 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for common cold)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Support immune health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Didn't get the cold until 2 weeks after everyone else in the house, and it cleared up fairly quickly.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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