Ok first question. When people talk about zinc as a supplement. What is the difference how can you have 15 forms of zinc (or any other mineral for that matter) piconate, sulfate, chelate, glycate etc. What is the difference? Why so many why not just ZINC? In addition I am trying to make a solution of 1% zinc sulfate to make a zinc taste test. I have 220mg zinc sulfate equivelent to heptahydrate. My instructions say to mix 2000 mgs of zinc sulfate with 2 liters, which is a 1% solution of zinc sulfate. So approx 9 capsules of 220 mg will be about 2000 mgs. The back of the bottle says Zinc Sulfate Monohydrate equavilent to 220 mg zinc heptahydrate. 50 mg is the actual supplementation. What the heck is the difference between Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate and monohydrate. I know that one is a compound of H20 and a the other 7 compounds of H20.
Zinc sulfate exists as the anhydrous salt (ZnSO4) and as three stable hydrates, the monohydrate (ZnSO4.H2O) hexahydrate (ZnSO4.6H2O) and heptahydrate (ZnSO4.7H20 (orthorhombic). Three unstable hydrates also exist, tetrahydrate (ZnSO4.4H20), dihydrate (ZnSO4) and heptahydrate (ZnSO4.7H20 (monoclinic). The main commercial preparation of zinc sulfate is the monohydrate, but it is sometimes sold as the heptahydrate. It is also available in solution.
Zinc sulfate may be toxic if ingested, based on unconfirmed animal information. For zinc compounds, including zinc sulfate, ingestion of large doses can cause anemia and stomach symptoms with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and, in severe cases, vomiting of blood, based on human and animal information. Zinc sulfate has been used therapeutically to induce vomiting.
Zinc is an essential nutrient for humans and animals. Both zinc deficiency and overexposure to zinc by ingestion have been associated with harmful effects.
May I ask why you are only posting negative information that is dubious at best? You say that Zinc Sulphate MAY be "toxic if ingested, according to unconfirmed animal information". You might as well say that "monkeys may attack you in your sleep according to unconfirmed dreams from somebody". That statement you made is utterly pointless. The fact is, ANYTHING can be toxic if ingested, since it all depends on the QUANTITY. An excellent company called Ethical Nutrients in Australia has 3 products called Zinc Test, Zinc Fix, and Zinc Maintain that all contain Zinc Sulphate, and that work excellently. Zinc Sulphate is the STANDARD way that the medical establishment treats zinc deficiency in humans. Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate is the form that is used to supplement, and Zinc Sulphate Heptahydrate is the form used for the taste tests.
Your entire post was negative, not citing one ounce of the amazing benefits one gets from having proper zinc levels in the body. I was having abdominal pains that worried me, so I went to see my doctor. He is an actual MD, but also knows alternative modalities, so the first thing he thought to do was check my zinc levels. Sure enough I was deficient. He put me on the zinc supplements, and BAM, the problem was fixed within a week! The fact is, it really seems that MOST people are zinc deficient, and this is a major root cause of many ailments they are suffering. Zinc is key to all biology as it is the main thing that holds enzymes together, and is also a key component of the electron transport chain within your mitochondria. When levels are low, all kinds of things in your body start to slow down or even stop working.
This place is called CURE ZONE, not FEAR ZONE, so I would suggest that if you are going to just spout negative generalities, you really should not do it. If you want to caution people, tell them the limits, and give them facts...not hearsay.