This Commonly Eaten Food Can Fight Mercury Poisoning
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 06, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study out of Canada that has found that eating tomatoes can stave off mercury poisoning.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/this-commonly-eaten-food-can-fight-mercury-poisoning) notes, mercury is even more toxic than lead. It is immune to the body’s defenses, allowing mercury to travel straight to the brain. There, it lodges itself in the pain center of the brain, and moves out into the nervous system. Mercury then prevents nutrients from entering the cells, and inhibits the removal of wastes.
As the article “This Commonly Eaten Food Can Fight Mercury Poisoning” states, even having a little mercury in the body can make an individual sick. Unfortunately, mercury is in our water and soil, which means it’s also in our food, making it hard for anyone to avoid mercury in their diet. So, though common, mercury ingestion can lead to conditions like arthritis, depression, fatigue, and muscle weakness.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that researchers at the Universite Laval in Canada examined the effect of the consumption of tomatoes and tomato products on blood mercury levels in Inuit preschool children. A sample of 155 Inuit children was recruited from 2006 to 2008 in Nunavik childcare centers in northern Quebec. Food frequency questionnaires were completed at home and at the childcare center, and total blood mercury concentration was measured by the research team.
As the article outlines, these children regularly eat seal meat, fish, and other foods from lakes and rivers contaminated with mercury, so their exposure levels are quite high. The researchers found that every time one of the children ate something with tomato in it, there was a 4.6% drop in blood mercury levels. This suggests that tomatoes neutralize mercury.
The article concludes that one of the best ways to avoid the build-up of mercury in one’s brain and nervous system is to eat more tomatoes, tomato sauce, salsa, or any other tomato-based product.
(SOURCE: Gagne, D., et al., “Consumption of tomato products is associated with lower blood mercury levels in Inuit preschool children,” Food and Chemical Toxicology, November 2, 2012; pii: S0278-6915(12): 00776–4.)
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