Monday, March 26, 2007


High levels of zinc have now been found to be associated with the eye deposits that contribute to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Previously zinc had been associated with the plaque buildup in brains of Alzheimer’s patients. What does all this mean? Who knows? It might be one of those pieces of information that, at the present time, we are better off not knowing, because there may be nothing we can do about it. Zinc is found in such food as chickpeas, peanut butter, frozen peas, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and cheddar cheese, so there doesn’t seem to be any way of avoiding it. Nor would we want to, I suppose. Zinc is an essential nutrient which in many cases contributes to good health. So I’ll repeat: what is it doing in the eyes of AMD patients and the brains of Alzheimer’s patients? I don’t think we know yet, but someone somewhere is working to solve that puzzle.

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