Zinc: The New Antidepressant?

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ZINC
ANTIDEPRESSANTS
AFFECTIVE disorders
DEPRESSION, Mental
ANXIETY
SERUM
DEFICIENCY diseases
THERAPEUTICS
BRAIN
ANOREXIA

Abstract:The article focuses on zinc treatment showing an antidepressant effect and its role in mood disorders. Psychiatric illnesses like depression and anxiety are seen as a critical problem for the 21st century by the World Health Organization. Nutrient deficiencies especially zinc deficiency may play an important role in the development of depression and mood disorders. Earlier studies showed that patients with major depression had low serum zinc levels. This could not be confirmed in later studies because of the complicated fact that many of the subjects in the study were resistant to treatment. Other reports show that treatment increases zinc concentrations to other regions of the brain. It may also be possible that zinc deficiency is secondary to the development of depression-related reductions in food intake. No relationship between serum zinc and food intake, anorexia, or body weight in depressed patients was found in many studies. The work on the function of zinc in the brain has focused on the role of zinc in neuronal transmitter and receptor activity.

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