Category Archives: Zinc

Superoxide Dismutase As a Marker of Mood

Superoxide dismutase is an enzyme that acts as an antioxidant in cells. Superoxide dismutase is present in humans in two forms. One form uses manganese as a cofactor and one form uses copper and zinc as cofactors. The superoxide dismutase … Continue reading

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Antioxidants as Therapy for Low Mood

Exposure to stress is a primary factor in the development of mood disorders. Stress is able to cause mood disorders because one of the downstream effects of the presence of high levels of stress hormones is the production of inflammation … Continue reading

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Zinc As An Anxiolytic Agent

Evidence suggests that zinc supplements have anxiolytic effects. This may stem from the observation that zinc deficient diets are a cause of behaviour that may be described as anxious. Animal experiments have shown that in both rats and mice, anxious … Continue reading

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Zinc As An Antidepressant

Evidence suggests that a zinc deficiency is associated with depressive symptoms in animals and humans. Studies have investigated whether a low zinc intake is a cause of depression, or that low blood levels of zinc are a consequence of depression. … Continue reading

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The Association Between Zinc and Depression

Mood disorders such as depression are difficult to treat, and this may relate to depression being caused, or at least contributed to, by a number of different factors. Certainly there is evidence that mineral deficiencies of various types can increase … Continue reading

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An Imbalanced Zinc to Copper Ratio: A Cause of Anxiety?

Zinc and copper are essential minerals that are known to antagonise each other. In this respect high intakes of copper can inhibit the absorption of zinc, and vice versa. Therefore a balance must be struck such that both minerals are … Continue reading

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More Evidence That Zinc Deficiency Causes Mood Changes

Zinc is an essential trace mineral required by hundreds of enzymes in mammalian tissues. Zinc has been shown to have particular effects with regard treating depression. These effects may relate to the ability of zinc to bind to the glutamate … Continue reading

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Zinc Deficiency as a Cause of Depression

Zinc is an essential trace mineral required for a large number of biological roles, mainly as cofactors for enzymes in metabolic pathways. More than 300 enzymes are known to have a requirement for zinc, and zinc also plays a role … Continue reading

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Minerals That Affect the NMDA Receptor

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Zinc Carbonate Versus Zinc From Oysters (In Rats)

The zinc content of oysters has been reported to be high relative to other foods. In fact, oysters may contain upwards of 1000 ppm zinc which compares to an average of 30 ppm in other foods. Some evidence (here) suggests … Continue reading

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