brief hijack warning (shye do you have your own regimen thread? if so i'll move this to it)
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shye, your zinc issues have been nagging at me. i went looking and found a protein connection.
interesting abstract (and close to home!):
The Effect of Severe Protein Deficiency on Serum Zinc Concentration of Mice Fed a Requirement Level or a Very High Level of Dietary Zinc
S. M. Filteau and Bill Woodward
Department of Nutrition, College of Biological Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1 Canada
The objective of the present study was to determine the effect of severe dietary protein deficiency on serum zinc concentration in weanling animals fed either a requirement level or a very high level of dietary zinc. Weanling (21-day-old) male and female CBA/J mice were randomly assigned to be fed one of four diets containing either 1.7% or approximately 18.5% protein and either 7 µg (predetermined requirement level) or about 200 µg zinc per gram of formulation. Serum zinc levels were measured after a 14-day feeding period. Dietary zinc content, over the range tested, did not influence the serum zinc level of protein deficient mice, and these animals exhibited serum zinc concentrations which were much lower than the levels found in adequately nourished mice fed the requirement level of zinc (7 µg/g diet). These results indicate that dietary zinc supplementation is unable to restore to normal the zinc status of severely protein-deficient animals. This may be an important factor to consider when studying the effect of protein deficiency on zinc-sensitive physiological processes.
shye i don't know if you have reason to suspect that your protein is down, but you may want to look into prealbumin testing.
link to prealbumin at labtestsonline.org
FYI, when i finally found and addressed my zinc deficiency i had already been following the protein advice (eg 2 eggs for breakfast! - but not every day, that's for sure) found in the klenner protocol (too bad i'd ignored the zinc info there) and had changed from a vegan to an omnivorous diet.
i think this may have made correcting my zinc an easier task.
also, on the copper front, FYI to any and all readers:
world's healthiest foods - copper
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... nt&dbid=53
scroll down the list for the ranking by quality (eg excellent, very good, etc)
calf's liver comes out number one, crimini mushrooms, and the dark leafy greens, (also beneficial for magnesium content) are right up there too: mustard greens, chard, spinach, kale, etc.