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What is the difference between Zinc and Zinc oxide tablets?

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i am currently taking quantum pills which have 30 mg of zinc in each tablet i believe there is also some zinc in my daily vitamins is this XXXXXXX whats the differenc between zinc and zinc oxide e
Posted Wed, 19 Feb 2014 in General Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 2 hours later
Brief Answer: It is more than the daily recommended intake Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. The daily recommended Zinc intake for adult females of your age is 12mg/day in the USA. This is clearly less than what you are receiving. This is talking of the zinc as the element and not the zinc present in different forms. Check on the labels to see what that 30mg corresponds to. It maybe something else like the compound Zinc is part of and not Zinc in its purest form. Also, look at what is written on it as the daily value percentage and report to me for more insights on this. Zinc Oxide is different from Zinc in that there is Oxygen in Zinc oxide while there is no oxygen in zinc. It is not feasible to supply Zinc in its pure form. So it is combined with Oxygen to form a stable compound that can easily dissolve in the intestines to liberate zinc which is absorbed and used by the body. It would be difficult to tell whether to continue or reduce the dosage. For sure, no company would produce a tablet of zinc which contains more than the daily recommended dosages as supplement. You would need to get the information well checked because I strongly sense there is a mix up some where. if you want some more reading about zinc from a trusted site, please see this link. WWW.WWWW.WW I hope this addresses your query fully. Feel free to ask for clarifications and more information if need be. I wish you well. Thanks for utilizing our services, we very much appreciate it. Dr. Ditah, MD.
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Follow-up: What is the difference between Zinc and Zinc oxide tablets? 15 hours later
the quantum tablets say ,,,zinc{as zinc oxide} amt per serving 30mg daily value 200%,,,VITAMINS I'm taking say zinc...24mg per serving,,,160%daily value
 
 
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Please, that is clearly too much for you! Detailed Answer: This means you are taking 360% what is advised daily. This is for sure too much and can lead to toxicity. I am pretty sure this was produced to treat persons with documented deficiencies and not as supplements. Unless you have a documented zinc deficiency, I will suggest you keep it at the recommended 12mg per day and that should be half a pill of quantum tablets daily. This in itself would still be concerning because you get zinc from other sources like your diet. If I may ask, are there any specific reasons why your are on zinc supplements? If we eat well we don't really need to live on supplements. We most often receive enough from our diets if they are balanced. Recent studies suggested supplements are a totally waste of money with no clear benefits. This resulted in increased tendency to discourage its use. I hope you find this helpful. I wish you well. Dr. Ditah, MD.
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Follow-up: What is the difference between Zinc and Zinc oxide tablets? 18 hours later
the 24 mg of zinc listed is part of a daily vitamin I take, quantum is a sexual enhancement pill...with other natural ingredients that includes the zinc .. if you look at their website it will list whats in them.....please let me know if these kinds of tablets are safe thanks for your responce.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 7 hours later
Brief Answer: I have difficulties getting the exact pill! Detailed Answer: Please, can you copy the link to the page containing the information and send to me. There are just so many different pages on this and i want to make sure we are talking of the same ingredients/information. I will very much appreciate that so as to provide you with a follow up answers to this. Thanks. Dr. Ditah, MD.
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Follow-up: What is the difference between Zinc and Zinc oxide tablets? 3 hours later
the page I go to is Quantum Pillls-Official/Quantum WWW.WWWW.WW item number 14 discusses the ingredients....hope this is what you need
 
 
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Thank you so much! Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks for the link. It is very helpful and I have seen the various ingredients. While they are not familiar to me, I have checked in my resources and none of the ingredients is known to have any potential side effects or consequences. Feel safe taking them. But for the concentration of Zinc as we discussed, I have no other concern about this product. Thank you once more for helping me out wit the link. I feel a lot comfortable providing verified and accurate information after using the link you forwarded. Dr. Ditah, MD
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Follow-up: What is the difference between Zinc and Zinc oxide tablets? 3 hours later
thank you for taking the time to research this and for your response...but as you mentioned, will I be overdosing with the zinc concentration....do you think I can continue taking the quantum without zinc overdose
 
 
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 49 minutes later
Brief Answer: Yes, you can continue taking it! Detailed Answer: You need larger amounts of daily zinc to get levels that can be toxic. These daily dose is clearly more than your daily requirements but not hue enough to cause toxicity unless you take it for decades. You can continue taking it as before. If it were solely for zinc supplementation, I would have advised that you reduce the dose. Because you are taking it for other reasons and it is unlikely to cause toxicity, go on. I wish you well. Dr. Ditah, MD.
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