Zinc – Supplements for Psoriasis III
Why you should take zinc? – digestion, liver, immunity. Zinc is actually one of the most underrated supplements. Considering its vital function in many processes in the body just thinking about the deficiency of this extremely important mineral is frightening. Without zinc your body couldn’t live. However the three major functions that are linked to psoriasis are: digestion (assimilation of food, disinfection in the stomach), liver (detoxification, making proteins) and immunity (T-cells production and maturation in Thymus).
Zinc plays a critical role in right stomach acid production (enzyme carbonic anhydrase). Also is needed for making digestive enzymes, bile production, repairing the leaky gut (intestinal wall). The thing is that for zinc absorption from food you need enough stomach acid. However since stomach acid production depends heavily on enough zinc in the body, you can get into the vicious cycle where the supplementation is required while your body will be able to produce enough stomach acid on its own.
Liver as major organ for detoxification of the body needs zinc every day and without it can’t do its job. There are many studies that conclude positive effects of zinc supplementation in liver diseases. Since zinc plays a role in bile production that way it affects the fat soluble vitamins absorption, fatty acids assimilation, flushing out the toxins and small intestine and colon healthy flora by damaging the bad bacteria.
Along the other functions in immunity, zinc plays also the critical role in thymus development and maintaining its function. Thymus is a gland located above the heart and it is the place where the T-cells are matured and learned to know what to do in the body. Therefore zinc deficiency is linked to asthma, infections and slow wound healing. Some psoriatics even completely cleared up their skin taking the zinc supplement. I am not saying that many sufferers get well using just zinc supplement, but it is very important mineral which deficiency can manifest as psoriasis.
How to know if I am deficient?
Well there is no easy home test, but generally the loss of smell is considered as zinc deficiency symptom. Zinc is also depleted during stress, poorly absorbed in people with gastrointestinal problems, and many of those who need it more to repair the tissues in all chronic diseases. Today it’s probably more rare to find somebody who is not zinc deficient.
One thing are the RDA (recommended daily intake) doses in various countries which according to many studies and doctors show up as very low. The another thing is that if you count all the zinc content in standard diet you will find out that even the RDA dose is hard to achieve, not to mention that you need to absorb it from the food. Considering the impaired digestion and absorption in many people with some illness (not just psoriasis) it is clear that you may need to take some quality zinc supplement.
How much zinc should I take?
I think that the best way to correct the zinc deficiency is to take about 50 mg -100 mg of elemental zinc a day divided in two doses. The form seems to be best as zinc picolinate or zinc gluconate. The RDA doses for zinc intake around the world are about the 10-15 mg a day, so 100 mg a day is about the 7 times more than RDA what should correct the deficiency in about 1-3 months in most people.
If you would have a problem taking the 100 mg a day then you can try the half dose. Everybody is different and body can absorb