Zinc is the next topic in our series on The Brain and Nutrition. As well as being an important cofactor for many physiological processed in the brain, zinc also plays a critical role in keeping our immune system working well. Zinc plays another important role in the gut, it helps protein digestion and the amino acids from protein makes up the precursors for many neurotransmitters. This becomes even more important when you read any of my other articles on the link between the Gut, immune system and the nervous system (brain).
You may have noticed a theme coming out in my writings about an important relationship that exists between various body systems. Hence the need for an integrated holistic approach, such as what we offer! A quick Google search on the “gut brain axis” will also yield you good information on this topic also.
A recent study in 2013 found that most adult consume 8 – 10 mg of zinc a day, whereas the Recommended Daily Intake is 15mg, zinc is also another one of those nutrients heavily affected by modern farming practices. In my clinic we either use a zinc supplement or sometimes the Basica Mineral Drink as it has zinc, selenium (another essential nutrient often deficient), magnesium and is a powerful alkalizing agent.