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Other Supplements That Can Be Taken with Zinc and Selenium?

Posted by Tristan (Brisbane, Australia) on 11/04/2009

I have zinc and selenium supplements, and would like to know what other supplements I can take them with. (I read that iron and zinc should not be taken together). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Generally speaking most of the problem concerns iron, iodine and manganese absorption. Iron is usually taken with vitamin C. Copper and zinc are antagonistic. Selenium can be taken to drive out other toxic heavy metals, but usually poses little problem when taking with other supplements. The biggest problem is taking the multiple mineral supplements which actually doesn't raise mineral because of antagonistic and the problems about fillers. In general, I would worry more about not taking milk with other supplements as milk block absorption of nutrients in general. This is why milk is used as antidote in poisoning situations. Also, I only take one suppleements at time, and usually in powder or liquid form, never tablets as most tablet contains tricalcium phoshpate and calcium. They tend to block absorption of most minerals. Minerals are often better absorbed when taking along with meals. Manganese are often taken alone because they are difficult to absorbed. The most important is minerals that I need to take has to be water soluble, or it does not get absorbed. So the issue is more than just with other minerals. People desire convenience. However, it should be noted that when I do take supplements, I take INDIVIDUAL minerals never a combination, water soluble, and generally on an empty stomach (as it is water soluble). If it is not water soluble I take it along with food. Then I monitor its result. Taking the kitchen sink approach of many supplements together usually don't get results because we can't monitor each individual mineral and we don't know whether that particular brand actually works.