I have read in certain T-Nation articles that it can take months to correct certain mineral imbalances. I would think that the human body would be more proficient and resilient at absorbing and retaining the minerals.
I would think that if one was deficient in iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium, etc, you could just consume a supraphysiologically required dosage for a few days and be back to normal. What gives?[/quote]
I’m interested in knowing this as well. I did a little reasearch to see what I could find, but nothing too specific as to how long to correct deficiencys was found.
But I did get a basic answer: Mineral imbalances affect many other nutrients involved. If they are out of balance, or overcompensated, you can get even more problems. I think this is why it takes so long to correct deficiencys, since restoring balance takes longer than simple over-compensation. I say simple, because supplements and compensation have thier own place in dietary needs. A childrens health site has an applicable read on this, or at the least it’s very informative: