Colloidal Zinc for Fertility and for the Condition Known as Pyroluria 

Zinc is needed for every stage of life.  It supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence.  Zinc is involved in the production of over 80 hormones.  It is needed for adequate immune function, the healing of wounds and the metabolism of essential fatty acids.  Zinc is also essential for fertility, it is paramount for the healthy deveolpment of both sperm and egg.

Zinc is required for proper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no zinc storage facilities.

Zinc is mainly found in Oysters, red meat, fish, beans, dairy products, pumpkin seeds and nuts.  However much of the earth is zinc deficinet, and so our plants and animals also become deficient.  Zinc is also found in whole grains, but phytates are often found in grain, which bind zinc, making much of it unavailable.  This can be remedied by soaking grains, beans and seeds in purified water overnight, or just before or after the sprouting phase.  (Add a dash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar).  This breaks down most of the phytates.  Phytates also bind other important minerals such as iron, phosphorus and magnesium.

A serious zinc deficiency can be indicated by growth retardation, a loss of appetite and low immune function.  In severe cases, zinc deficiency can lead to diahoreea, hair loss, impotence, weight loss, slow healing of wounds and taste annormalities, as well as muscle lethargy.

THE ZINC TASTE TEST  (Available from your Health Professional)

Hold 10 mL of Zinc Sulphate in your mouth for 10 seconds. Your taste response will fall into one of four categories:

  1. No specific taste or other sensation.
  2. No immediate taste but after a few seconds a “dry mineral,” “furry” or “sweet” taste develops.
  3. An immediate and definite taste (not unpleasant) that intensifies with time.
  4. A strong unpleasant taste is noted immediately.

A category 1 or 2 taste response may indicate Zinc Deficiency.  Take Colloidal Zinc to repair your Zinc levels.  Test once a week until a category 3 or 4 response is indicated.


Pyroluria is the abnormal synthesis and metabolism of the oxygen carrying molecule in your blood, called haemoglobin. As with all cells in your body there are waste or by-products produced and the by-product of haemoglobin is a metabolite called hydroxyhemopyrrolin-2-one (HPL) also known as Pyrrole.

People who suffer from Pyroluria produce excessive amounts of these Pyrroles which bind to or inhibit the nutrients; Zinc, B6, B7, and the Omega 6 from reaching where they are needed.  This effectively renders these nutrients unavailable to the person with Pyroluria.  Supplementation of these essential nutrients is vital, so that a person with Pyloluria still gets adequate amounts of Zinc, B6, B7 and Omega 6.

One of my client’s with Pyroluria says this about Colloidal Zinc, “My Naturopath put me on a tablet contaiing Zinc, B6 and Vitamin C.  I triedd this supplement for many months, but I never felt any better.  Now only after only 2 weeks on Colloidal Zinc Gluconate, I have found  the excessive heat that was burning up my entire body has decreased dramatically.  I am now no longer angry and my ecezma has cleared up to boot!”

A person with Pyroluria will need 2-3 times the regular amount of zinc than a person who is simply zinc deficient.  The Zinc Taste Test is not relevant for a person with Pyroluria.


At fertilization, a massive release of zinc appears to set the fertilized egg cell on the path to dividing and growing into an embryo, this is according to the results of animal studies supported by the National Institutes of Health.

The zinc discharge follows the egg cell’s steady accumulation of zinc atoms in the developmental stages before fertilization. The researchers documented the discharge by bathing the eggs in a solution that gives off light when exposed to zinc. They referred to the zinc discharge and accompanying light flash as zinc sparks.

“The discovery of egg cells’ massive intake and later release of zinc defines a new role for this element in biology,” said Louis DePaolo, chief of the Reproductive Sciences Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one of the NIH institutes supporting the study. “We anticipate the findings will one day lead to information useful for the treatment of infertility as well as the development of new ways to prevent fertilization from occurring.”