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What Are Zinc Salts?

Posted by Shari (New York, NY) on 09/19/2008

You've mentioned zinc salts several times in regards to viral infections like herpes. What exactly is it? How much and how often would you use it? And where do you typically find it?

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We will forward your message on to Ted, but in the meantime we found a couple of posts from Ted on the site that may help:

"...At the same time zinc has antibiotic properties, especially zinc salts, such as zinc chloride and zinc acetate...."


"The boils are due to the body's immune system being down usually, a simple zinc salts will act as a safe antibiotic. The preferred zinc salts is zinc acetate, usually taken 25 mg/day for only 4 days and off for 3 days. Do this alternatively. Should skin drying starts, you can stop the zinc.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Zinc salts are generally zinc chloride.

In general most salts are those minerals where chlorides are attached to it and in chemistry are known to dissociated completely in water. They can be sodium chloride (regular salt we eat), zinc chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, or even less well known minerals used in cancer therapies such as rubidium chloride and cesium chlorides.

The healthful effects of sea salt in my observations comes from mineral salts where a large portions of minerals exists in chloride forms, the largest of that is usually magnesium chloride. The salts dissolve rather quickly goes into the bloodstream and are rid of as quickly too, and hence these minerals in their salt forms are often overlooked in alternative medicine as a quick way to get minerals into the body as it dissolves into water rather quickly and goes into the bloodstream just as quick as regular salts, such as sodium chloride. One overlooked from of salts is Chromium chloride which are actually used in i.v. injections in hospitals to lower blood sugar in diabetes. At least in my own use, chloride forms are easy to consider and use as they are very water soluble and it goes into the system quick whether they be manganese chloride, or anything else. Other forms are harder to use such as oxides, carbonates, for example.