Roles for Cell Death in Zinc Deficiency
Every normal cell has the ability to undergo programmed cell death called apoptosis. Too much apoptosis plays a role in neuron death in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and seizures.
This review reminds us how incredibly important zinc is in keeping this in check. Zinc deficiency in mice leads to a 300% increase in cell death, including a nasty form called autophagy, where the cell feeds off its own organelles to survive. This really, once again, supports the use of a good quality multivitamin as an absolute essential component of good health.