Thursday, February 2, 2012

Zinc deficiency linked to depression

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2 February 2012

UK Edition

Dear Reader,

If you've been feeling low, it might not just be the colder weather and shorter days making you feel down in the dumps.

A new study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders shows a link between depressive symptoms and a low intake of one of our favourite immune boosters.

Researchers at the New England Research Institutes found that low dietary or supplemental intake of zinc may be linked to depressive symptoms... but only in women.

In the study, women with low zinc intake were more likely to show signs of depression, and the association between the two was stronger in women who were also on antidepressants.

The researchers concluded that zinc may play an important role in antidepressant therapy.

And remember, it's not only your emotional wellbeing and mental health that are affected by zinc intake. Having a deficiency in this crucial mineral can cause skin problems, diarrhoea, hair loss, reduced appetite, night blindness, and impaired wound healing.

An easy trick to tell if you're low in zinc is to take a look at your fingernails. If you see white spots under the nails the chances are you are running low on zinc.

Foods high in zinc include oysters (one of my favourites!), eggs, liver, and beef. Dr. Wright recommends 25 to 30 daily milligrams of zinc picolinate or zinc citrate. You should also be sure to take 2 mg per day of copper to prevent zinc-induced copper deficiency.

Of course, you should always consult with a doctor skilled in natural medicine.

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Q: So this is a little embarrassing...I'm afraid of shots! I'm a grown woman, but I dread the thought of needles and injections. I would very much like to try vitamin B12 for bursitis, but it is recommended as injections. Will oral supplements have the same effect?

Dr Jonathan V. Wright: You're definitely not the only person who hasn't outgrown a fear of injections: I hear similar requests from patients and readers on almost a daily basis. And until very recently, my answer has been to go ahead and try, but don't be surprised if it doesn't work. Unlike the injectable form, oral vitamin B12 has been notoriously unreliable. However, a new type of delivery system may have changed that.

Liposomes are tiny, tiny spheres formed from natural lipids (fats). Liposomes surround water-soluble nutrients like vitamin B12, enabling them to pass through lipid membranes — in this case, intestinal cell walls — with much greater ease. So an increasing number of nutrients (as well as patent medications) are being produced in "liposomal delivery" form, which allows consumers to get more benefit from oral supplements.

Two to three years ago, I worked with Life Enhancement to formulate a liposomal form of vitamin B12 called ProBone-O drops. It has 1,000 micrograms of vitamin B12 and 1,000 micrograms of folic acid — which "pairs" with vitamin B12 in many metabolic reactions — per 1/2 cc dose. It's available online and at natural health food stores. So far, this liposomal delivery form appears to work better than any form of vitamin B12 except for the injectable.
Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone's personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Wishing you the best of health,

Andrew Miller
UK Editor
Nutrition and Healing

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