07 Dec 2016

Do you have chronic anxiety?

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YOU MAY HAVE AN IMBALANCE IN YOUR ZINC AND COPPER LEVELS

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is anxiety when there is constant non-specific anxiety, often without any real reason.

But recent research indicates that imbalance of two minerals zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu), which compete with each other for absorption, may be a cause of GAD.

The copper/zinc ratio connection to anxiety explored

A 2011 study measured trace minerals in the serum of 38 individuals with chronic anxiety and 16 in a control group without anxiety symptoms.

The researchers discovered that the anxiety group had elevated copper compared to zinc. They were treated with zinc and antioxidant supplements, and their symptoms improved significantly.

Symptoms of excess copper compared to zinc include anxiety, depression, fatigue, nausea, hypertension and schizophrenia.

It is preferable to increase dietary zinc intake, rather than reduce copper intake. Good sources of Zinc include meat, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. However, grains and legumes also contain phytic acid that binds to zinc and blocks absorption. So it’s a good idea to soak brown rice and beans overnight to reduce the phytic acid and free up the zinc.

Vegetarians can be low in zinc due to a high phytate diet.

Zinc:copper ratios can be checked with Hair Mineral Analysis.

Herbs to help reduce anxiety include Lavender, Passionflower, Chamomile, Kava, Valerian and Magnolia.

Bach Flowers include Aspen, White Chestnut, and Vervain.

 

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