Category Archives: Nutrition: Zinc

Doctors often misdiagnose zinc deficiency, and unaware of impact of excess zinc

Doctors often misdiagnose zinc deficiency, and seem to be unaware of the impact of excess zinc on the body, shows a small audit of clinical practice, published online in the Journal of Clinical Pathology. Too much zinc, taken in the … Continue reading

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Zinc deficiency has serious wide-ranging health consequences

Nutrients. 2015 May 6;7(5):3252-3263. Determination of Zinc Status in Humans: Which Indicator Should We Use? Wieringa FT1, Dijkhuizen MA2, Fiorentino M3, Laillou A4, Berger J5. Author information 1Institute of Research for Development (IRD), UMR Nutripass IRD-UM2-UM1, 911 Avenue d’Agropolis, 34394 … Continue reading

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Zinc May Help Diabetics: Hopkins Study

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and elsewhere have found that genetic differences may account for why zinc supplements are more beneficial to some people than to others for the prevention and control of diabetes. The results … Continue reading

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8 Ways Zinc Affects the Human Body

Newswise — CHICAGO—Researchers identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace metals in human nutrition and lifestyle in a new review article in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, published by the Institute of Food Technologists … Continue reading

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Zinc Deficiency Magnifies, Prolongs Lethal Immune Response to Sepsis

Newswise — Columbus, OH - During a severe infection known as sepsis, a deficiency in zinc intake can cause an amplified and potentially deadly immune response, according to new research conducted by scientists at The Ohio State University. By analyzing … Continue reading

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Zinc supplementation boosts immune system in children, Cochrane Review finds

Zinc supplements reduce diarrhoea and other infections in malnourished children, and may prevent death, according to a new study published in The Cochrane Library. The study is the first Cochrane systematic review to focus on zinc as a means to … Continue reading

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For osteoarthritis therapies, is zinc the missing link?

Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability, characterized by the destruction of cartilage tissue in joints, but there is a lack of effective therapies because the underlying molecular causes have been unclear. A study published by Cell Press February 13th … Continue reading

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New sensor tracks zinc in cells, could have prostate cancer impact

Newswise — Zinc, an essential nutrient, is found in every tissue in the body. The vast majority of the metal ion is tightly bound to proteins, helping them to perform biological reactions. Tiny amounts of zinc, however, are only loosely … Continue reading

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How Zinc Starves Lethal Bacteria to Stop Infection

Newswise — Australian researchers have found that zinc can ‘starve’ one of the world’s most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal. The finding, by infectious disease researchers at the University of Adelaide and The University of … Continue reading

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Zinc discovery may shed light on Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s

Scientists at UW-Madison have made a discovery that, if replicated in humans, suggests a shortage of zinc may contribute to diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which have been linked to defective proteins clumping together in the brain. With proteins, shape … Continue reading

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Zinc deficiency diagnostic marker

Bethesda, MD — According to new research published in The FASEB Journal, a drop in blood zinc levels does not directly harm the blood vessel cells. Rather, zinc regulates the production of a small molecular compound, which then circulates in … Continue reading

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Iron and zinc nutrition appear to be grossly understudied

Nutrients. 2013 Aug 13;5(8):3184-211. doi: 10.3390/nu5083184. Iron and zinc nutrition in the economically-developed world: a review. Lim KH, Riddell LJ, Nowson CA, Booth AO, Szymlek-Gay EA. Source: Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, … Continue reading

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Zinc and inflammation: a new, positive link

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research suggests that zinc helps control infections by gently tapping the brakes on the immune response in a way that prevents out-of-control inflammation that can be damaging and even deadly. Scientists determined in human cell culture … Continue reading

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