Saturday, January 5, 2008

Zinc May Provide Benefits in Treating Diabetes

Scientists at Notre Dame* and at the U. of Illinois have discovered that zinc has an insulin-like effect on the manifestation of diabetes.

Insulin, they note, promotes the transport of glucose and amino acids (proteins) and decreases the breakdown of muscles while healthfully enhancing their buildup.
“.... failure to enhance glucose transport, " they say, "into insulin-sensitive cells is a hallmark of diabetes [emphasis added.] They have found that zinc enhances this glucose movement.

NOTE: 15 milligrams (mg.) is the recommended daily intake of zinc. More than 25 mg. may be deleterious.
*Source : The Journal of Nutrition, May 2001, by Drs. Xiao-han Tang and Neil F. Shay, U. of Notre Dame, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Notre Dame, IN 46556, and Dept. of Animal Sciences, U. of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, respectively.

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