Online Test for Zinc
Zinc, a critical mineral, plays a pivotal role in over 300 biochemical processes within our body. One of its significant implications relates directly to brain function, cognition, depression, and anxiety. Low levels of zinc leads to high copper. High copper leads to low zinc. Low zinc and anxiety are correlated. Low zinc and depression are also correlated.
Zinc and Anxiety:
Zinc deficiency can lead to increased production of norepinephrine due to elevated free copper levels, which is directly associated with symptoms of anxiety. Furthermore, an imbalance in zinc levels can impact the brain's neurotransmitter systems, potentially exacerbating the severity of anxiety disorders. Chronic deficiency might also impair the brain's ability to respond adaptively to stressors, prolonging anxious states. Learn more about low zinc and anxiety here.
Zinc and Depression:
Zinc plays a role in the production of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. A deficiency, which can be caused by metabolic issues such as pyroluria, hampers these neurotransmitters' production. Additionally, zinc is involved in several critical brain functions, such as enzyme regulation, communication between neurons, and nutrient metabolism. Disruptions in these functions due to low zinc levels can contribute to depression. An extended deficiency can alter brain plasticity, further escalating depressive symptoms. Also, zinc acts as a modulator for certain neural activities, and imbalances can negatively impact mood regulation. Learn about low zinc and depression.
Testing for Zinc Deficiency:
Testing for zinc deficiency provides clarity on potential zinc-related causes of anxiety and depression. Second Opinion Physician offers this testing in partnership with LabCorp. Once the testing process is initiated, patients receive instructions for their LabCorp visit. It's advised to abstain from zinc supplements 12-24 hours before testing. Accurate testing can pave the way for targeted therapeutic interventions. Consistent monitoring and assessment of zinc levels ensure that interventions remain effective over time.