Archive for May, 2010

The Caviar of Zinc Supplements

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
There are many, many zinc supplements on the market. So much so that buying the right one can be a very time consuming affair and with so many brands, how do you know which is the right one for you. However, as with all purchasing decisions, there is quality and there is quantity. There is fast food and there is gourmet food. There are synthetic zinc supplements and there is Oyster Extract Powder.

Despite all the marketing blurb, there is only one science of zinc supplementation, and this is it. Zinc is the most ubiquitous element in the body. It is required in and therefore controls over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. It maintains everything from immunity and sexual health to gene expression and neurobiology. Zinc deficiency has been shown to cause a diverse range of conditions from fatigue to poor sexual health, prostate issues, lowered immunity, macular degeneration and many, many more. Having adequate zinc intake is vital to our over all general health and mental and sexual well being. Too much or too little has been shown to have adverse affects on our health. This is a very important point for people taking zinc supplements.

Most zinc supplements give significantly higher amounts of zinc than our body needs. This interferes with the absorption of other key elements such as copper, calcium and iron. This can cause an imbalance in the body’s biochemistry interfering with the many biochemical pathways in the body. There is however one source of zinc that is perfectly balanced for our needs. Balanced by nature, just as nature intended. It not only has zinc in abundance but also each and every one of the 59 trace elements our body needs. This is the caviar of zinc supplements; this is oyster extract powder.

Oysters contain 10 times more zinc than the next highest source which is red meat. However this zinc, unlike the synthetic versions on the market, is to be found bound in amino acids and other large molecules which makes it very bio available. In order for zinc to be absorbed it has to first bind to such ‘ transport molecules ‘. This is not no easy for the synthetic supplements, but in oyster extract powder the job is already done.

Beware, not all oyster extract powders are the same. The cheaper brands from Korea, China and New Zealand tend to be mainly glycogen starch. Not many of us are starch deficient. The zinc content can be as low as 0.1g per kilogram of powder in such brands. Brands such as OysterMax™ have over 3.0g of zinc per kilogram of powder and are therefore 30 times more potent in terms of zinc concentration. To explain this more succinctly, there is the extracted meat of over 50 large oysters in a bottle of Oystermax™. There is the meat of 4 or 5 large oysters in some other brands. With this you can start to understand the price and quality difference issues.

This 3.0g potency level means 4 capsules (1g of powder) will provide 3mg of zinc. This is a safe supplemental amount of zinc. The high zinc oyster extract powder products are, by default, also more potent in all the other trace elements. This is because these high zinc extracts are mainly protein in nature and all these elements are bound to the amino acids in the proteins and ready for absorption. Combined with the rest of your daily food intake a supplemental amount of zinc of this order should be sufficient to ensure adequate supply. The beauty of oyster extract powder is that you have the peace of mind of knowing that each and every other trace element your body needs is there too. Athletes, sexually active people and those feeling fatigued or stressed can safely up their intake knowing that they will not upset the body’s delicate biochemical balance. Oyster Extract powder is balanced in levels of all trace elements the way nature intended.

Be careful to ask your supplier how potent their oyster extract powder is before you make a purchase. Ask the geographical source of the oysters, the quality of the water the oysters were grown in and how much zinc is contained in each gram of powder. If it is less than 1.5mg it can be considered a cheap brand. If it is over 3mg you are buying caviar. Think before you zinc!