Zinc- Important In Brain Cell to Cell Communication

brain workoutZinc is a trace element. Most people think of its use for colds or the flu.  In this very complex study, “Neurulation and neurite extension require the zinc transporter ZIP12 (slc39a12)”, it was found that zinc and it’s transporter is required for nervous system development. You can read the study here…

Zinc is important for healthy brain development, helping the brain to learn and remember new information although too much zinc can be problematic.  Balance is the key.  I tend to encourage a calcium/magnesium supplement whenever you are supplementing zinc.   

Zinc is required for the proper function of about 100 enzymes.  It is important for immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis (hence importance during pregnancy), and it supports normal growth and development from pregnancy through adolescence.  

Foods rich in zinc include oysters, beef and seafood, legumes, nuts, and dairy.

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) health professional fact sheet lists upper daily limits for zinc listed below. You can also read this on their website here… 

Table 3: Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs) for Zinc [2]
Age Male Female Pregnant Lactating
0–6 months 4 mg 4 mg    
7–12 months 5 mg 5 mg    
1–3 years 7 mg 7 mg    
4–8 years 12 mg 12 mg    
9–13 years 23 mg 23 mg    
14–18 years 34 mg 34 mg 34 mg 34 mg
19+ years 40 mg 40 mg 40 mg 40 mg




Dr. Paul

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