Zinc and Multi-Mineral Supplementation Should Mitigate the Pathogenic Impact of Cadmium Exposure

High-normal cadmium levels have recently emerged as a risk factor for vascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, kidney disease, diabetes, and total mortality. This essay proposes that supplementing meals with zinc and multi-minerals can be expected to impede the absorption of dietary cadmium, while making the cadmium already in the body less dangerous via induction of the protective cadmium-binding protein metallothionein. Antioxidant strategies may also lessen the pathogenic impact of cadmium.

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