FYI adam i found this:
Serum copper and zinc concentrations in patients with chronic hepatitis B.
concentrations were 104+/-24.98 microg/dl in asymptomatic carriers, 97+/-16.03 microg/dl in chronic active hepatitis and 108
+/-21.07 in healthy controls, respectively. Serum copper
concentrations were 88+/-17.8 microg/dl in asymptomatic carriers, 86+/-20.02 microg/dl in patients with chronic active hepatitis B and 88
+/-13.59 microg/dl in healthy controls, respectively."
and from that i made up this table of average cu and zn values in healthy controls:
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element ug/dL conversion umol/L
zinc 108 0.153 16.524
copper 88 0.157 13.816
that 'healthy controls' zinc level is a little lower than i usually aim for (18.2 umol/L), but definitely above ms patient averages.
personally my highest zinc result was in the mid 16s, and my copper results tend to come back in the 18 to 19 umol/L range - i would much rather it was lower than the zinc result - and i don't take any supplemental copper at all.
anyway that's just so you know how your results compare to healthy controls when/if you have tests.
if you are not already, please be aware that ms patients and healthy controls tend to occupy different places under the 'normal' curve - tests that come back 'normal' can still be far from optimal.
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com