Alternative Methods and Info


You can get Zinc from pennies minted after 1982:

DO NOT EAT THE ZINC. It will produce toxic Zinc Chloride in your stomach!!

If you then dissolve the Zinc in Vinegar, it will produce Zinc Acetate and Hydrogen Gas. The reaction is relatively slow. However, the Vinegar will then contain Zinc Acetate.

Zinc Acetate is used in some Zinc Lozenges:

To get the Zinc Acetate in your system, you’d drink the resulting Vinegar solution. It should then supply Zinc ions in your body.

I have NOT done this. So I have no idea how safe it is, but it seems reasonable if you have no other sources of Zinc.

Again DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. You can google for more info.

Zinc Warnings

Toxicity – From WikiPedia

Although zinc is an essential requirement for good health, excess zinc can be harmful. Excessive absorption of zinc suppresses copper and iron absorption.[200] The free zinc ion in solution is highly toxic to plants, invertebrates, and even vertebrate fish.[224] The Free Ion Activity Model is well-established in the literature, and shows that just micromolar amounts of the free ion kills some organisms. A recent example showed 6 micromolar killing 93% of all Daphnia in water.[225]

The free zinc ion is a powerful Lewis acid up to the point of being corrosive. Stomach acid contains hydrochloric acid, in which metallic zinc dissolves readily to give corrosive zinc chloride. Swallowing a post-1982 American one cent piece (97.5% zinc) can cause damage to the stomach lining through the high solubility of the zinc ion in the acidic stomach.[226]

Evidence shows that people taking 100–300 mg of zinc daily may suffer induced copper deficiency. A 2007 trial observed that elderly men taking 80 mg daily were hospitalized for urinary complications more often than those taking a placebo.[227] Levels of 100–300 mg may interfere with the utilization of copper and iron or adversely affect cholesterol.[200] Zinc in excess of 500 ppm in soil interferes with the plant absorption of other essential metals, such as iron and manganese.[99] A condition called the zinc shakes or “zinc chills” can be induced by inhalation of zinc fumes while brazing or welding galvanized materials.[130] Zinc is a common ingredient of denture cream which may contain between 17 and 38 mg of zinc per gram. Disability and even deaths from excessive use of these products have been claimed.[228]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that zinc damages nerve receptors in the nose, causing anosmia. Reports of anosmia were also observed in the 1930s when zinc preparations were used in a failed attempt to prevent polio infections.[229] On June 16, 2009, the FDA ordered removal of zinc-based intranasal cold products from store shelves. The FDA said the loss of smell can be life-threatening because people with impaired smell cannot detect leaking gas or smoke, and cannot tell if food has spoiled before they eat it.[230]

Recent research suggests that the topical antimicrobial zinc pyrithione is a potent heat shock response inducer that may impair genomic integrity with induction of PARP-dependent energy crisis in cultured human keratinocytes and melanocytes.[231]


In 1982, the US Mint began minting pennies coated in copper but containing primarily zinc. Zinc pennies pose a risk of zinc toxicosis, which can be fatal. One reported case of chronic ingestion of 425 pennies (over 1 kg of zinc) resulted in death due to gastrointestinal bacterial and fungal sepsis. Another patient who ingested 12 grams of zinc showed only lethargy and ataxia (gross lack of coordination of muscle movements).[232] Several other cases have been reported of humans suffering zinc intoxication by the ingestion of zinc coins.[233][234]

Pennies and other small coins are sometimes ingested by dogs, requiring veterinary removal of the foreign objects. The zinc content of some coins can cause zinc toxicity, commonly fatal in dogs through severe hemolytic anemia and liver or kidney damage; vomiting and diarrhea are possible symptoms.[235] Zinc is highly toxic in parrots and poisoning can often be fatal.[236] The consumption of fruit juices stored in galvanized cans has resulted in mass parrot poisonings with zinc.[57]