Zinc: an Antidepressant

Zinc is an essential mineral which may be lacking in modern processed and strict vegetarian diets. Learn how it modulates depression and immune response and the best foods to keep your zinc levels up to par. Read More

The entire time I read this

The entire time I read this article I looked for you to list some foods high in zinc. What could those be?

Food high in zinc

Anonymous wrote:
The entire time I read this article I looked for you to list some foods high in zinc. What could those be?


Depression and zinc post brain injury

Thank you for all the research and writing which you do in the psychology & paleo diet fields, as well as your search to assist those with depression. It is much appreciated.

Dr. Deans, could you write about the issue of low zinc and depression and people who have experienced a brain injury? I have a "mild" brain injury from a car accident, years ago, and "mild" depression has been a long-term issue. (I am aware of the work of Dr. Datis Kharrazian in this field; I have yet to read his new book.) Your take on the connections between low zinc levels, depression, and brain injury would be most informative.

I am finding that being on a paleo diet is having remarkably good results for me (and I DO take zinc tabs) and is beginning to right some cognitive, mood & energy imbalances the "mild" brain injury left me with. But, it is news to me that a brain injury can leave one with a leaky gut (who knew?) and, perhaps, a "leaky brain barrier," too. How do those of us living with a brain injury - and living with mild depression - work to fix the imbalances? What role does zinc play?

Dr. Deans, can you please share your work on mind/body/paleo diet with those who practice neuropsychology (the doctors who treat those with brain injury in the US)? The neuropsychologists in general, in my experience (and in the experience of many, many people with brain injuries whom I have assisted as a disability advocate), usually dismiss any talk of diet/food as having anything to do with healing a brain; they focus, rather, only on the neuropsych eval and cognitive therapy. We patients are left to figure it out on our own, subsequent to the cognitive therapy sessions being completed; however, our brain still needs lots of support and healing.

Thank you for all your good work!

Thank you so much for this

Thank you so much for this and all your other articles, Dr. Deans! It really comforts me to know that there are medical professionals out there still searching for answers that go beyond writing prescriptions (although I realize prescriptions are very helpful to many people). I have a question that relates to zinc and the brain. My husband has, for many years now, been a habitual marijuana user. He would like to quit and has tried many times unsuccessfully. We more or less follow the paleo diet, but I have tried to research a bit on nutritional supplements that might be helpful. I came across an abstract to a study (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/79/2/218.short) in which male adolescent marijuana users were shown to have lower zinc levels. The authors seem to brush this off as of no importance, but I find it strange that this would be the only nutrient found to be low if dietary choices were to blame for the deficiency. After reading your article, I'm wondering if marijuana could not be depleting the body of zinc somehow - maybe through its effects on the brain or as a stressor? Unfortunately, this is way over my head and I can only find that one article showing a measly correlation. Do you think this finding was a fluke, or do you have an idea why this might be? Thanks! I appreciate all you do!