The Low Carb Luxury Newsletter: 
Volume III / Number 22: December 2, 2002: Page 3
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 Advice Lady         
A well-known low-carber in the community answers your questions about everything from nutrition to family issues, stress, and heck — even your love life. She's been the "go to gal" for awhile now when people need a little advice. And who is she? Well, we're not telling. She remains anonymous so that she can better give very frank advice. She doesn't pull any punches. You can remain anonymous too if you want — Just think "Dear Abby" — you know, signing off like "Harried in the Workplace" or "Desperate for Carbs in Detroit". Send in your question to The Advice Lady at

Do I Need Zinc?
Dear Advice Lady,

I've been trying to narrow down what supplements I need and which ones I may be taking needlessly. In looking through lists of vitamins and minerals, I can't seem to determine if Zinc is more or less needed on a low carb diet. Should my multivitamin contain it?



Dear Bridgitte,

Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell. It stimulates the activity of approximately 100 enzymes (substances that promote biochemical reactions in your body). Zinc supports a healthy immune system, is needed for wound healing, helps maintain your sense of taste and smell, and is needed for DNA synthesis. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence.

All that said, for most people on a low carb diet, additional zinc is not necessary. Zinc is found in a wide variety of foods. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food, but red meat and poultry provide the majority of zinc, and other good sources are nuts, certain seafoods, and dairy products... all things that the majority of low carbers get daily. Zinc absorption is greater from a diet high in animal protein than a diet rich in plant proteins. Phytates, which are found in breads and cereals can decrease zinc absorption.

In fact, taking too much zinc by way of supplements can be problematic. Zinc toxicity has been seen in both acute and chronic forms. Intakes of 150 to 450 mg of zinc per day have been associated with low copper status, altered iron function, reduced immune function, and reduced levels of high-density lipoproteins (the good cholesterol).

Hope this helps!

                                                                             The Advice Lady

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