I seem to have an awfully hard time absorbing zinc - I've been taking supplements on and off for over 3 years, and even at one stage had a course of IV zinc - but still low! To give some background, I do have mild pyrolia which means my body secretes zinc and B6. I'm currently taking between 20 and 50mg a day of zinc gluconate depending on how much I can stomach (makes me feel nauseus). I've found this is the only source I can take in relatively high doses without feeling too sick (I do take it on a full stomach). So what is going on with my malabsorption? Could it be counteracting with something else I'm taking, which is:
3 x AOR Multi basics plus
Iodone/folate supplment (250ug iodine, 500ug folate)
3 x Activated B6 (pyridoxal5-phosphate 20mg)
1x fish oil
1x Evening Primrose Oil
By the way, I also have a hard time absorbing iron, and take supplements sporadically as I get frustrated at the lack of results. All my other levels are fine, although at one stage I had an iodine deficiency. I've heard that Lactoferrin is crucial to iron absorption (and am actually considering trying kefir for this) - is there something similar for zinc?
Also, strangely enough I almost never get sick, and shouldn't I be practically bed ridden with my low zinc. Very confusing!