Last Updated on August 4, 2020
Is zinc carnosine good for the GI system?
Zinc is an essential mineral for everyone, but it is particularly essential for males.
It’s incredible how many people I’ve seen over the years in my clinic with zinc deficiency.
You can do a zinc taste test if you go to your health food store and ask for a small bottle of Zinc Tally or zinc taste test, and just read the instructions on the bottle to test yourself for zinc.
Zinc’s very important. You can’t make stomach acid without zinc, so you need zinc, B1, and B6, I believe. Those are the three core elements you need to make stomach acid. The stomach can’t produce proper acid without zinc, and zinc can’t be absorbed without enough stomach acid, so it’s quite a vicious cycle.
When zinc levels are sufficient, and the pH of the stomach is nice and acidic, the pancreas is stimulated to create picolinic acid.
Picolinic acid is very important because it’s one of the main binding mechanisms for trace elements, including selenium and vanadium, to get into the body.
In other words, zinc is necessary to ensure other trace elements are being properly absorbed. If you’re deficient in zinc, you can end up deficient in a number of micronutrients.
Zinc carnosine is zinc bound to carnitine. Studies have shown that zinc carnosine is particularly good for ensuring a sufficient supply of stomach acid.
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I once read an interesting study which showed that about 100 milligrams of zinc carnosine per day protects the stomach lining better than a drink designed to protect the mucosa from hyperacidity.
Most people who take proton pump inhibitors would benefit from zinc carnosine.
Zinc carnosine has even been used in high dose, short term for Helicobacter pylori patients. But in my opinion, zinc picolinate is also just as good.
Males lose more zinc with one emission of ejaculation than a woman will lose in 30 days. The reason being is that seminal fluid contains reasonably high amounts of zinc to buffer that solution, which aids with fertility.This is why men have lower zinc levels than women.
I started to take a lot of zinc years ago, not because I was deficient, but to see what would happen. I found my sense of smell and taste markedly improved.
I strongly recommend that everyone get a zinc taste test to ensure that Ievels are good.
Zinc is necessary for RNA and DNA transcription. If you want to prevent a lot of serious diseases, you want to ensure that cellular reproduction is proceeding as it should. Zinc will prevent a wonky or dodgy transcription. It’s also crucial for fetal growth, so women who are trying to conceive need adequate zinc levels.
Zinc is also essential for white blood cell function. It also has anti-viral effects.
Due to its role in neurotransmitter production, zinc can help people with anxiety and depression.
Zinc, B6, and magnesium is the classic triad called the glucose tolerance factors. Having sufficient zinc levels will reduce the chances you’ll snack on crappy food because blood sugar is better regulated.
There you have it.
Is zinc carnosine good?
It’s very good, but don’t forget to test your zinc levels as well.