When you schedule an appointment for Botox or Dysport injections, your doctor may tell you to stop taking certain supplements prior to treatment. However, you may soon be told to start taking one that combines zinc and phytase, an enzyme found in grains.
The recommendations are bound to begin after a new finding that shows this combination improves the results of botulinum toxin injections when taken four days before treatment.
Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Charles Soparkar found that 41 of the 44 patients to whom he gave the zinc and phytase pairing displayed a better outcome. This was especially noticeable in those suffering from blepharospasm, a form of eyelid twitching.
As a result of his findings, Dr. Soparkar plans to market a dietary supplement combining the element and enzyme, which will be called Zytaze.
“Surprisingly, the results showed that in over ninety percent of the patients studied, the zinc/phytase combination resulted in a remarkable improved responsiveness … using the same amount of botulinum toxin as previously used,” Dr. Soparkar explained. “The toxins seemed to have greater effect and last longer. Potentially, this could mean using less toxin, offering patients financial savings, greater safety, and more consistent results.”
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