Monday, February 9, 2009

More on zinc and depression

In my last post, I described a study in which zinc was shown to enhance antidepressant activity. In this study, rats whose depression and anxiety-related behaviors had been successfully treated with antidepressants were then placed on a zinc-deficient diet.

What happened?

They started to act anxious and depressed again.

We live in a culture that has created the mentality that if you're not feeling well, you go to the doctor, she prescribes you a pill, you take the pill, and you feel all better.

Unfortunately, pills can only work some of the time. And they tend to work best when you're using them in conjunction with healthy self-care behaviors. As far as I know, and I am a voracious consumer of psychiatric and neurological research, there is no pill developed that will overcome what you choose not to do.

Medication, in most cases, should be considered an ADJUNCT to treatment, not the ONLY solution to a medical problem.

The whammy here is that when you're depressed, it can be challenging to feel like doing anything for yourself at all. If you're not up to "healthy living" but you ARE motivated to take your prescription least consider taking a zinc supplement alongside the prescription. They are easy to find and inexpensive.

And they just might be what determines whether you crawl out of that whole.....

...or feel hopelessly stuck there.

Whittle N, Lubec G, Singewald N. Zinc deficiency induces enhanced depression-like behaviour and altered limbic activation reversed by antidepressant treatment in mice. Amino Acids. 2009 Jan;36(1):147-58. Epub 2008 Oct 31.

1 comment:

Anthony Sepe said...

Zinc has been found to enhance antidepressant behavior and also zinc is quite effective when combined with vitamin C to ehance absorption and expidite wound healing of stage II,III and IV pressure ulcers. Zinc certainly has shown its effectiveness at reducing risk.
~Anthony Sepe