Alzheimer’s – The Role of Zinc

January 28, 2023

Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that has a sudden onset. Prior, you think something may be amiss. But it is not enough to warrant worry. Suddenly, you experience the loss of the ability to communicate with a loved one. Today we will examine the role of Zinc in the occurrence of Alzheimer’s.

You need 8 mg and 11 mg for women and men, respectively. If you are pregnant, on the Doctors advice, you may need more. Generally speaking, your needs operate in a narrow band. Both too much and too little are troublesome for your body. If you have too much Zinc, it prevents the absorption of copper. Beyond a limit, it will cause stomach pain and worse.

Several studies have looked at the levels of Zinc in people who suffer from this disease. For example, one study looked at the concentration of zinc, in the hippocampus region of the brain. Another study looked at the tissue area of the cortex in your brain.

Zinc is known to play a role in the formation of amyloid beta proteins. Studies have shown that zinc ions can bind to Ab proteins and promote the formation of amyloid fibrils, which are the building blocks of the plaques. Plaque is a characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. Zinc also appears to affect the activity of enzymes that regulate the production of Ab proteins, and may contribute to the accumulation of Ab proteins in the brain.

Ab protein refers to amyloid beta protein, which is a protein that forms amyloid plaques in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. These plaques are thought to contribute to the death of nerve cells. You will experience it as a decline in cognitive function.

There are several ways to get Zinc. Oyesters, chickpeas, spinach, pumpkin seeds to name a few. But like I mentioned, your body operates in a narrow band. You really want to make sure that you stay within that band.

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