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Zinc

What is zinc?

Zinc is a trace element that is involved in aspects of cellular metabolism. It plays a role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis and cell division. It also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence. Daily intake of zinc is required to maintain required levels.

What is the evidence for zinc levels in people with schizophrenia?

Moderate quality evidence found reduced zinc levels in people with schizophrenia compared to people without schizophrenia, particularly in patients who were newly diagnosed and drug-naive.

December 2019

Last updated at: 11:31 pm, 15th December 2019
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