interestingly, in rats at least, zinc deficiency also increases transferrin saturation.
Zinc deficiency decreases plasma erythropoietin concentration in rats http://www.springerlink.com/content/w862v457u5773676/
"Transferrin saturation in the
−Fe and −Zn−Fe groups was significantly lower than the Cont group (p<0.01), and that of the −Zn group was highest among all groups.
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com