Zinc is the second most common natural trace element in the body, protecting against oxidative stress and DNA damage. Around 2 billion people worldwide have zinc deficient diets. Animal models show how zinc deficiency associated with aging may lead to zinc transporter dysregulation, resulting in decreased cellular zinc levels and enhanced inflammatory responses. Restoring zinc status via supplementation reduced age-associated inflammation.
An average-sized pumpkin contains about a cupful pumpkin seeds. These are an excellent source of fibre, zinc, magnesium, potassium and iron, and have traditionally been used as an intestinal antiparasitic. Pumpkin seed oil may be helpful in the management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or “enlarged prostate”.
Sulphur containing amino acids such as cysteine in garlic and onions may promote the bioavailability of iron and zinc from food grains (eg rice, sorghum, chickpea and green gram pulses).
Smita Gautam, Kalpana Platel, Krishnapura Srinivasan (2010). Higher Bioaccessibility of Iron and Zinc from Food Grains in the Presence of Garlic and Onion. J. Agric. Food Chem. 58 (14):8426–8429
How the Food in our Fridge can affect our minds. Article first published in ‘Mental Health Today’ journal, September 2008. Whenever I listen to debates about the benefits of drug and behavioural therapies in treating mental health problems, I am astonished that nobody mentions the most obvious therapy of them all. ‘Diet!’ I yell at […]