Zinc ingestion and lipoprotein values in sedentary and endurance-trained men. Academic Article uri icon


  • The finding that high doses (160 mg) of zinc lowered high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol prompted us to study the effect of low-dose zinc supplementation on lipoprotein values in sedentary and endurance-trained men. Twenty-one endurance-trained and 23 sedentary men received either placebo or 50 mg of zinc sulfate daily for eight weeks. Despite the fact that plasma zinc increased 15%, fasting plasma high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol, total cholesterol, low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglyceride levels did not change in response to zinc ingestion. We conclude that low-dose zinc supplementation does not affect lipid or lipoprotein values in either endurance-trained or sedentary men.

published proceedings

  • JAMA

author list (cited authors)

  • Crouse, S. F., Hooper, P. L., Atterbom, H. A., & Papenfuss, R. L.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Crouse, SF||Hooper, PL||Atterbom, HA||Papenfuss, RL

publication date

  • August 1984