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Gary Small, M.D., is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive and integrated healthcare network. Dr. Small has often appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and CNN and is co-author (with his wife Gigi Vorgan) of 10 popular books, including New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible,” “The Small Guide to Anxiety,” and “The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Tags: zinc | depression | supplements

Zinc Deficiency Linked to Depression

Dr. Small By Friday, 06 July 2018 12:55 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Multiple investigations have demonstrated an association between low zinc levels in the blood and higher risk for depression.

Studies also indicate a link between higher dietary zinc and lower depression risk.

Zinc is present in high concentrations in certain brain cells that support neural plasticity — the brain’s ability to respond to the environment, thoughts, and emotions.

Other research shows that zinc supplements may even augment the benefits of antidepressant drugs.

In a double-blind placebo-controlled study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience, volunteers who took 30 mg of daily zinc for 12 weeks experienced a greater decrease in depressive symptoms than those taking placebo.

Experts warn that zinc treatments should be supervised by a doctor; if blood levels get too high, people can experience negative side effects.

Eating a healthy diet is probably the best and healthiest way to avoid zinc deficiency.

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Multiple investigations have demonstrated an association between low zinc levels in the blood and higher risk for depression.
zinc, depression, supplements
Friday, 06 July 2018 12:55 PM
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