Zinc sulfate is a zinc salt that has many uses as a medication or nutritional supplement. Zinc sulfate is often prescribed for individuals deficient in the mineral zinc. Zinc sulfate is also used to treat acne, due to its anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. As of 2010, zinc sulfate is being studied as an alternate treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), particularly for patients who cannot tolerate more standard ADHD medications. As with any medication or supplement, always consult your doctor before taking zinc sulfate.
Use of Zinc Sulfate for Zinc Deficiency
Zinc is stored in your bones and in your muscles; without enough, your immune system is weakened, leaving you more susceptible to infections and illnesses. Zinc also helps to keep the layers of your skin strong. When you are zinc deficient, you are more prone to open skin infections and your body has difficulty healing wounds. Zinc sulfate can remedy this deficiency.
Use of Zinc Sulfate in Treating Acne
Studies have shown that zinc sulfate, taken orally, decreases acne. Acne is an inflammatory process. According to Mayo Clinic dermatologist Lawrence Gibson, "the mineral zinc plays a role in wound healing and reduces inflammation, which could help improve acne."
Use of Zinc Sulfate as Potential Alternate ADHD Medication
Zinc sulfate is , as of 2010, being studied as an alternate form of medication used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Zinc sulfate is different from traditional ADHD medications, in that it is not a stimulant. In an article published in 2004 in the journal "Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry," researchers noted that "zinc monotherapy was significantly superior to placebo in reducing symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity and impaired socialization in patients with ADHD." Decreased attention did not improve significantly, however, during treatment with zinc sulfate.
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- "Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry"; Double-blind, placebo-controlled study of zinc sulfate in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; M Bilici et al.; January 2004