How Zinc May Lower Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Plus a Tasty Zinc Snack
The percentage of Alzheimer's disease is climbing as you read this. Today tech mogul, Bill Gates, invested $100 million dollars to fund research for Alzheimer's disease treatment. Keep reading to find out why Zinc may be part of the solution to protect your brain.
You may be one of the millions worldwide suffering from a zinc deficiency. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports a global zinc deficiency rate of 31%. Recent studies may help us to reduce this frightening statistic by enlightening us as to the vital role that zinc plays in brain function.
Do you have white spots on your fingernails? Does your brain feel foggy? Do you catch colds very easily? These are all classic signs of a zinc deficiency. Keep reading to discover if you may be one of the millions suffering from a lack of this mineral.
Other symptoms of Zinc deficiency include:
- Poor Neurological Function
- Weak immunity
- Food allergies
- Thinning hair
- Leaky gut
- Acne or rashes
Does a Zinc deficiency play a role in Alzheimer’s disease? The likelihood of this is very great according to science. Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise. According to the Alzheimer’s Organization, over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017.
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center and chemists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology collaborated to study the effects of zinc on the brain. In a scientific experiment, a chemical was used on mice that binds with zinc to eliminate it from the brain of the test animals. The scientists’ findings showed that the absence of the mineral impaired communication between neurons and that zinc is crucial for controlling the signals between nerve cells in the hippocampus.
Science has understood for quite some time that high concentrations of zinc deposited within nerve cells called vesicles enables the transmitters that process nerve cell communication. The hippocampus region houses the highest levels of brain zinc in its neurons thus controlling learning and memory. In the mice, enhanced communication in the hippocampal region was restored with increased levels of the mineral. The role that zinc plays in the brains of humans and mice is similar enough to confirm its significance.
A note of caution: the over-consumption of zinc can lead to a copper deficiency over time. These minerals need to stay in the proper balance for optimum health. That is why foods are a great way to get the benefits of zinc without overdoing it. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), “Research has not determined whether differences exist among forms of zinc in absorption, bioavailability, or tolerability.” Talk to your doctor or nutritionist if you are concerned about correcting a zinc deficiency. There are safe zinc supplement options available. Standard Process offers a home zinc test that is an alternative to blood tests for determining zinc levels.
Here are the top 10 Zinc foods:
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Grass-Fed Beef
- Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
- Kefir or Yogurt
- Cocoa powder
What are the top benefits of Zinc?
- Zinc boosts the immune system.
- Zinc improves both male and female reproductive health.
- Zinc sharpens mental clarity.
- Zinc improves cardiovascular health.
- Zinc improves hormonal health.
- Zinc improves the quality of your sleep.
- Zinc elevates the mood and prevents depression.
These factors may place you at a higher risk for Zinc deficiency:
- Nutrient absorption syndromes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The Linus Pauling Institute reports that these people may also be at risk:
- Premature and low-birth-weight infants
- Older breast-fed infants and toddlers with inadequate intake of zinc-rich foods.
- Pregnant and breast-feeding women.
- Patients receiving intravenous feedings.
- Malnourished individuals, including anorexics and bulimics.
- Individuals with severe diarrhea.
- Individuals with inflammatory bowel disease.
- Individuals with chronic renal disease.
- Individuals with sickle cell anemia.
- Individuals who use medications including tetracycline and quinolone antibiotics as well as bisphosphonates.
- Older adults (65 years and older).
- Strict vegetarians
This zinc boosting snack is a healthy alternative to sugar loaded snacks that hurt your blood sugar levels. The protein in the nuts will take the edge off your cravings, but it is a tasty balance of salty and sweet that won’t leave you feeling deprived. This trail mix can be altered to be both sugar-free and dairy- free. It includes 3 of the top 10 zinc loaded foods, yet it is vegan-friendly.
Vegan Zinc Trail Mix Recipe:
- 2 cups of unroasted pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup of raw walnuts
- 1 cup of raw cashews
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- 1 cup of sugar-free, organic, dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup of Lily’s dark chocolate chips (Vegan-friendly)
Stir ingredients together in a bowl and sprinkle liberally with celtic sea salt if inclined. Organic raisins can be substituted for the chocolate chips if preferred. A way to make this trail mix dairy free is to substitute 1 cup of Enjoy Life Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips in place of Lily’s. If you prefer your cranberries to be sweetened, sprinkle them with a little Sweetleaf Stevia or organic coconut sugar according to your personal preference before adding them to the trail mix.
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Have you heard of anyone improving their Alzheimer's signs by improving their levels of Zinc deficiency? Please, let us know your opinion in the comments section below, for discussion.