Zinc and Parkinson's

Do diets low in zinc cause Parkinson’s?

Do diets low in zinc cause Parkinson’s? If people are anything like yeast they may. Scientists found a protein clumping phenomenon in yeast that is similar to what is seen in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. This particular clumping is caused by a deficiency in zinc. So scientists are now studying the association of zinc with Parkinson’s disease in humans. Vegetarians with diets rich in whole grains are often deficient in zinc.

  • Description: “Scientists have made a discovery that, if replicated in humans, suggests a shortage of zinc may contribute to diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which have been linked to defective proteins clumping together in the brain.
  • Source Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130930200039.htm

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3 thoughts on “Do diets low in zinc cause Parkinson’s?”

  1. Pam, From what I have seen in the research, any number of nutrients when deficient can contribute to worsening of Parkinson’s symptoms. If you have other signs of zinc deficiency (loss of taste/smell/appetite, slowness of cuts, wounds to heal, acne, repeated infections, prostate issues in men, macular degeneration, sensitivity to light, hangnails to name just a few), ask your doctor to tests for RBC Zinc. Testing for zinc in serum is usually not accurate reflection of an adequate supply.

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