okay well hopefully the zinc can sort out the healing in your stomach (see abstract below).
it's good to take supplements with food - watch out for the b12 shots they'll probably be cyanocobalamin. see if you can find methylcobalamin as sublingual strips. you just put it under your tongue and let it dissolve away. it goes straight into your blood through the mucous membrane.
good to hear you'll have an easy time finding magnesium glycinate. magnesium hydroxide is an inorganic form. not one of the organic, more soluble, more absorbable forms.
what meds are you on for the ulcers? the absorption should really be happening in the intestines so not sure the meds coating the stomach will have too much effect.
Serum zinc level : a possible index in the pathogenesis of peptic ulcer syndrome.
The present investigation shows a possible correlation between serum zinc level and peptic ulcer disease/syndrome and a plausible mechanism for the finding. Clinicopathological study of patients with peptic ulcer diseases followed by confirmed endoscopic findings shows a significant low serum zinc level, 0.846 +/- 0.15 ug/ ml +/- S.D. (P < 0.001) with an exception of approx. 10% of the patients. To understand the cellular mechanism of low zinc levels in serum, tissue zinc content of gastric mucosa was determined. A significant increased value (P < 0.01) of zinc content in gastric mucosa of patients with peptic ulcer diathesis was noted. Carbonic anhydrase, a major zinc containing enzyme was also determined in erythrocytes. However, no change of erythrocyte carbonic anhydrase content was noted. To assess the nutritional status of the patients in relation to the low serum zinc value, serum albumin level was also determined. The low serum zinc level of the peptic ulcer patients is possibly due to the positive shift for the zinc from serum to the gastric mucosa.
just to convert those units for my own understanding.. 0.846 x 0.153 is 12.9 umol/L. waaay down in the low end of the normal range. if they aimed for 18 maybe their ulcers would heal. if you aim for 18, maybe you could go off the ulcer meds. zinc does more for your body than a drug. waaay more!
zinc is known to be important for integrity of membranes. eg intestine, gastrointestinal barrier, blood-brain barrier, etc.http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pa ... rrier.html
"The gastrointestinal barrier is often discussed as having two components:
•The intrinsic barrier is composed of the epithelial cells lining the digestive tube and the tight junctions
that tie them together."
we've touched on those 'tight junctions' here at TIMS before - when there's not enough zinc around, the tight junctions break. in the intestines, the result is intestinal permeability or 'leaky gut'.
one more study:
The protective effect of zinc sulphate pretreatment against duodenal ulcers in the rat http://www.springerlink.com/content/l27v050g67626255/
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com