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Importance of zinc in the elderly: the ZENITH study

Meunier, N, O'Connor, JM, Maiani, G, Cashman, KD, Secker, DL, Ferry, M, Roussel, AM and Coudray, C (2005) Importance of zinc in the elderly: the ZENITH study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, 59 (Suppl.). S1-S4. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602286


The elderly are at nutritional risk as a result of multiple physiological, social, psychological, and economic factors. Physiological functions naturally decline with age, which may influence absorption and metabolism. Social and economic conditions can adversely affect dietary choices and eating patterns. However, at the same time, the nutrient needs of the elderly for certain nutrient (such as vitamins, minerals, proteins) is higher than for younger adults. This article reviews the importance of zinc (Zn) in elderly people, particularly for behavioural and mental function, micronutrient status, immune and antioxidant system, and bone metabolism.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:7176
Deposited By: Professor Jacqueline McCormack
Deposited On:18 Jan 2010 11:32
Last Modified:15 Dec 2011 16:02

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