Zinc can improve learning and memory
Researchers say zinc regulates the storage and release of neurotransmitters and can enhance learning.
The search for natural ways to improve the functioning of the human brain seems to be as old as civilization. Good nutrition, which includes a high amount of zinc, appears to enhance the ability of the brain to learn and remember things.
The storage and release of neurotransmitters is regulated by zinc
Wiley reports the storage and release of neurotransmitters is regulated by zinc. In the processes of learning and memory a role is played by zinc which is not yet fully understood. Swedish researchers have discovered that
zinc has an influence on the release of messenger molecules.
In response to signals which are transmitted via synapses, messenger molecules, or neurotransmitters, are released from what are called storage chambers or synaptic vesicles out into the synaptic cleft. Neighboring nerve cells than recognize the neurotransmitters. Zinc causes more neurotransmitter to be released. The connection which has been observed between zinc and the regulation of neurotransmitter release could be significant for memories being formed and stored.
A link exists between zinc and the regulation of processes of neurotransmitter release.
This research has been published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The results of this study have provided the missing link which exists between zinc and the regulation of processes of neurotransmitter release. This may be significant in dealing with memory formation and storage.
It has been reported by The World's Healthiest Foods that oysters are rich in zinc. The most significant contributions of zinc in the American diet come from red meat and poultry. There are also many nuts and seeds which are rich in zinc. Some other good sources of zinc are sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, spinach, asparagus, whole grains, and oats. With zinc found in so many delicious and nutritious foods it should be easy to maintain adequate zinc supplies in a person.