Promoters and Antagonists of Zinc Absorption

Part of the ILSI Human Nutrition Reviews book series (ILSI HUMAN)


The absorption of zinc can be assumed to be determined to a large extent by the chemical environment at its site of absorption. Thus, absorptive efficiency will be influenced by the solubility of the zinc compounds present, by the presence of ligands of low molecular weight and by the competition between zinc and other minerals for carriers or uptake sites. To understand the mechanisms of zinc absorption, it is important to identify the factors promoting or inhibiting zinc uptake. Such knowledge can be used to improve zinc absorption from diets low in zinc and to develop special diets such as infant and enteral formulas intended for use at times when sensitivity to a suboptimal zinc supply may be increased. Efforts to eliminate strong antagonists of zinc absorption during food preparation and processing can also be made once these factors have been identified.


Human Milk Phytic Acid Zinc Absorption Infant Formula Plasma Zinc 
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