Zinc May Lower Levels of Anger and Depression Among Women
Zinc deficiency is present in approximately 30% of the world's population. Studies have shown mood swings and depression to be common symptoms for women who have even mild zinc deficiency.
Researchers at Seitoku University in Japan recently conducted a study to see if zinc supplements can reduce those symptoms.
The study was published in the April 2010 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The researchers randomly recruited 30 young women for the study. At the start of the study the women were randomly assigned to receive either multivitamins or multivitamins plus 7mg of zinc for 10 weeks.
At the end of the 10 weeks the researchers observed reductions in levels of anger and depression among the zinc group only. These findings support previous studies conducted using lab animals.
While the anger reducing effect of zinc supplementation only applies to women, zinc has a number of other health benefits for both men and women.
Zinc is present in every cell in our body and is essential for immune system function, memory, maintaining normal blood sugar levels and may even protect you from blindness due to age related macular degeneration.
Zinc deficiency can lead to a number of health complications ranging from chronic fatigue to infertility among men.
Supplements appear to be a safe and effective way to increase your zinc intake. A large number of foods also contain zinc such as beef, beans and even pumpkin seeds