Zinc Status Linked to Initial Development of Hardening of the Arteries
Friday, January 07, 2011
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
Researchers analyzed the zinc status of 4564 adults1 aged 40 – 88 years of age who were free of clinical cardiovascular disease. They also measured the thickness of the carotid artery and compared the results to zinc status to see if a lack of zinc was associated with the initial development of hardening of the carotid artery (subclinical atherosclerosis). Indeed, zinc intake was inversely associated with the development of artery problems. The lower the zinc the more likely the initial signs of developing artery disease.
This finding is consistent with a study a reported on last year showing that 45 mg of zinc intake per day could lower inflammatory problems linked to heart disease. Zinc is also needed to prevent diabetes.
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