The Best Zinc Supplement For Psoriasis
If you ever wondered what was the best form of zinc supplement for psoriasis in terms of absorption just read this post. The soils are depleted, wheat and other crops have little zinc content and phytic acid in bran binds the zinc in the digestive tract thus further lowering the bioavailable zinc which is so important in psoriasis.
There is a lot of forms of zinc in supplements – zinc oxide, zinc picolinate, zinc orotate, zinc bisglycinate chelate, zinc gluconate, zinc citrate, zinc L-carnosine, zinc monomethionine – but which one is the best?
In the past I recommended zinc picolinate and gluconate as the best zinc supplements for the price, but in this article you will see that there are even better ones.
Later, in 2017 I wrote a blog post describing the negative effects of zinc deficiency on omega 6 status. In other words a good part of symptoms of zinc deficiency may be caused by inadequate production of omega 6 fatty acids.
Zinc deficiency – growth retardation and hypogonadism
Zinc was found to be an essential nutrient humans can be deficient in in 1961 when a single case report of 21 year old male patient from Iran was published. The patient was diagnosed in 1958 with “dwarfism, hypogonadism, hepatosplenomegaly, rough and dry skin, mental lethargy, geophagia, and iron deficiency anaemia”.
His diet was very low in animal protein and consisted mostly of unleavened bread. He also ate about 0.5 kg of clay every day. The intake of calories and protein (in form of cereals) was adequate and no other deficiency besides the iron deficiency was documented.
During the following 10 months more patients with the similar symptoms visited the hospital.
Growth retardation combined with testicular hypofunction was present in all of them and could not be explained by iron deficiency. No animal studies researching the effects of iron deficiency resulted in symptoms like that.
The only known nutrient causing growth retardation and hypogonadism in animal studies was zinc.
All patients improved on balanced diet which included the animal protein and iron supplementation.
Is zinc supplement necessary in psoriasis?
You probably know that I am all for supplements and not buying all those opinions that food has all we need to thrive. Mostly when we are in troubles already and need some support to recover.
The very most people are mislead by thinking that if vegetable or fruit grow big and looks dark green (vegetable) or red, yellow, orange (fruit) it is healthy and has to have all the necessary nutrients.
It is not true and farmers and corporations know that.
In order to make vegetable and fruit grow big all they need is add the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
These nutrients make the plants look healthy, grow tall and increase the yield.
However, the sad fact is that the nutritional value of plants is low as well as their vitality.
The apple you eat may look good and be 1 lb but its nutritional profile can be very poor.
Moreover, diet high in grains especially unrefined grains with bran decreases the bioavailable zinc in the digestive tract.
It is caused by phytic acid which is present in cereal bran and chelates the zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron and other minerals.
Soils are zinc depleted
Moreover, crop fields are very low in zinc so wheat (and other cereals) is often very low in zinc even before you ingest it. Phytic acid is just the nail in the coffin.
The study published in 1996 examined the 76 soil samples from major wheat growing area in Turkey – Central Anatolia.
In a soil and plant survey, and in field and greenhouse experiments the nutritional status of wheat plants was evaluated for Zn, Fe, Mn and