i like to have the test info in hand before coming up with a dose recommendation. also there are so many other factors to be considered and balanced. for example, do you consume gluten grains, refined flour products, high phytate foods, high oxalate foods, highglycemic index foods, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, certain drugs, etc. these can all affect zinc status. (and iron, magnesium, the list goes on..). not to mention things like activity level. we get a surprising (unsurprising?) number of athletes with neurological complaints making enquiries here.
if you can requisition serum zinc, serum magnesium, serum copper, and serum ferritin, these are all important and interrelated. for example the zinc copper ratio in serum should be 1.1:1 while the zinc to copper ratio in supplements should be 25:1. i find it all fascinating!
the key nutrients link has a section on serum targets for the various nutrients that i have not seen compiled elsewhere, although they are available in research if you go looking. blanket recommendations don't take into account individual variation in background levels or lifestyle.
READ ME key info on nutrient targets - www.thisisms.com/ftopict-2489.html
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com