Zinc as a micronutrient in the treatment of depression
A review of the Boston Area Community Health (BACH) survey reported higher odds of depression symptoms in women (but not in men) for those with low zinc intakes. It’s believed that zinc could (and we believe does) play a role for some individuals in preventing or alleviating depression symptoms. Two additional studies have been completed that show some therapeutic response to zinc in the treatment of depression for some adults – specifically in the first 12 weeks of treatment.
Beyond the treatment of depression, the Linus Pauling Institute’s Micronutrient Information Center has provided a great deal of research regarding the importance of Zinc as an essential mineral needed by the body for a number of functions.