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Zinc Deficiency May Contribute To Chronic Diseases Of Aging

March 30, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
The micronutrient zinc, found in protein-rich foods such as meat and shellfish, is essential in many biological processes, including growth, development, neurological function and immunity. New U.S. research confirms that zinc affects the way the immune system responds to inflammation. The researchers suggest a potential link between zinc deficiency and increased inflammation that can occur with age, primarily because older people eat less zinc-rich foods. The inflammation shows up in chronic diseases of aging, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. Unfortunately, there is no easy test for zinc deficiency.
Carmen P. Wong et al., "Zinc deficiency enhanced inflammatory response by increasing immune cell activation and inducing IL6 promoter demethylation. ", Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, March 30, 2015, © WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
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