Fox News: Zinc supplements ‘may be a cure-all’ for menopause
FOX NEWS — The supplement industry’s new gold standard, zinc supplements, may be a solution to menopausal symptoms that can last for decades.
The American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that taking zinc supplements could improve hormone balance and reduce osteoporosis and prostate cancer risk in men over age 50.
“The findings indicate that zinc supplementation could be a therapeutic intervention for menopausal menopausal pain and osteoporsis,” said lead author Dr. Susan S. Koehler, an internist in the department of dermatology at Johns Hopkins University.
“This is the first study to test the efficacy of zinc supplementation for treating menopausal chronic pain and/or osteoprotection.”
Koehler and her team looked at the impact of zinc on biomarkers of bone mineral density (BMD) and muscle mass, as well as on biomarker levels of inflammatory markers.
The team found that zinc supplements increased bone mineral concentration in men, and decreased levels of inflammation markers in the blood.
The study also found that supplementation with zinc significantly decreased the risk of prostate cancer and osteopenia.
The researchers found that the best quality zinc supplements had the greatest effect on muscle and bone mineralization.
The researchers also found the most benefit for osteopionis, which affects the balance of estrogen and progesterone.
These findings support the concept that zinc might be a treatment for men’s pain and symptoms of osteoposis and could be effective for treating osteoparasitis, osteoporation, and osteomalacia.
For menopausal osteoporcism, there is no known treatment that is more effective than zinc supplements.
There are no proven treatments that have shown a long-term benefit, said Koehl.
“We hope zinc will be the gold standard for a range of menopausal conditions,” she said.
Koehl said zinc is the best form of vitamin B3 for men.
It is also the most widely used supplement in the United States.
The research is an ongoing investigation and Koehal’s team is continuing to study the effects of zinc supplements on other types of conditions and biomarkers.
Koeshl is also looking at the role of zinc in the treatment of cancer and arthritis.