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Am J Clin Nutr. 1985 Feb;41(2):285-92.

Effect of zinc intake on copper excretion and retention in men.


To determine the influence of zinc intake on copper excretion and retention, nine men consumed diets containing 2.6 mg of copper/day and 1.8, 4.0, 6.0, 8.0, 18.5 or 20.7 mg of zinc/day for one- or two-week periods in a 63-day study. Copper and zinc in the diet and copper in plasma were determined weekly; fecal copper was determined daily and averaged within each week. The weekly mean (+/-SEM) plasma copper concentrations (81 +/- 3.3 to 100 +/- 5.8 micrograms/dl) remained within the normal range throughout the study. Fecal copper and apparent copper retention were influenced by the level of dietary zinc and the duration it was fed. When 18.5 mg of zinc/day was fed for two consecutive weeks following a lower zinc intake, fecal copper was elevated and apparent copper retention was reduced after a one-week lag. Thus, an intake of zinc only 3.5 mg/day above the RDA for men reduced apparent retention of copper at an intake of 2.6 mg/day.

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