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Zinc Balance
(Jarrow Formulas)

Supplements Descriptions

by Gary F. Zeolla

Even though the Twinlab Daily One Caps I was using at one time contained 15 mg of zinc (100% of the DV), with my powerlifting training, I believed I needed more than this. I therefore also took one Jarrow’s Zinc Balance every day. This product contains 15 mg of zinc (in the form of zinc monomethionate) and 1 mg copper (in the form of copper gluconate). Copper is included in this product as taking zinc without copper can lead to a copper deficiency. The Daily One Caps also contains 2 mg copper, so I was getting a total of 3 mg a day. This is more than the current RDA for adult men of 900 mcg, but with taking more than the RDA for zinc I thought it wise to also take "extra" copper.

At one time, I took this product along with Twinalb's CellMins: Potassium & Magnesium (aspartate hydrochloride) at bedtime. And I found this combination helped me to sleep better. And these two supplements together basically give the equivalent of the popular bodybuilding supplement ZMA.

ZMA contains zinc in the form of  zinc monomethionate and magnesium in the form of magnesium aspartate. One of the main benefits lifters report from ZMA is that it helps them sleep better at night. It is also purported to raise testosterone levels. However, ZMA tends to be rather expensive. But one can get the same ingredients for much less by combining the CellMins and the Zinc Balance.

I took the two products together for a while, but they never did seem to help with raising T levels. And then I ran into problems. The CellMins seemed to make my "tics" worse, as described on that page. And after a while, the Zinc Balance longer seemed to be helping with sleep, so I stopped taking both products.

Moreover, zinc is a nutrient that too much of can cause problems. As mentioned in that article, taking excessive zinc can depress the immune system. And with 15 mg in my multi, another 15 in the Zinc Balance, that gave me 30 mg, on top of the 22 mg I average a day from my diet. And that much zinc is just too much. But if you want a separate zinc supplement, Zinc Balance would be better than most since at least it also contains copper.

In fact, I had my mom taking this since her eye doctor recommend additional zinc for her macular degeneration, along with Twinlab's Lutein. And in the several years she took these two sups, her macular degeneration did not get worse. But if you take this supplement, be careful about getting too much zinc.


Jarrow's Zinc Balance is is available at: iHerb and Amazon.
Qhen checking out, use coupon code HOP815 to receive $5.00 off your first order.

Zinc Balance - Supplement Descriptions. Copyright 2004, 2005, 2008, 2017 by Gary F. Zeolla.


The above article was posted on this site May 7, 2004.
It was last updated June 21, 2017.

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