Zinc in the brain

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 3 February 2012



(2012), "Zinc in the brain", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 42 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/nfs.2012.01742aaa.023



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Zinc in the brain

Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 42, Issue 1

Scientists from Duke University Medical Center and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that zinc was vital in helping brain functions – in enabling effective communications between neurons. The research, published in the journal Neuron, shows how important zinc is in ensuring efficient cognitive stability and in helping with memory formation. Removing zinc lead to problems with communications; improving the levels of zinc to the brain significantly restored communications in the hippocampal region of the brain, which lead to an improvement in learning and memory capabilities.

Other research has already identified the role that zinc supplementation has in fighting cancer, in wound healing, improving skin tone and many other areas critical to good health. The researchers feel that this new research may prove to be of vital importance in helping patients with epilepsy (http://bit.ly/rtrhoV).

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