Beware of Heavy Metal!

No, this article is not about the music industry or even lifting weights. And although heavy metal can be

a good thing, depending on who you are and what you like, what we are talking about here are the toxic

metals that are showing up in laboratory analyses of food products and nutritional supplements.

The usual culprits that show up in testing are arsenic, mercury, lead and cadmium, but there are over

20 heavy metals to watch out for. Some are fairly common in our environment and are needed for good

health, but high doses of others can be detrimental. Here are a few of the negative side effects that can

occur from overconsumption of these heavy metals:

• A negative impact on mental function

• Damaged or reduced central nervous system function

• Low energy

• May lead to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease

• Long term contact may lead to cancer

It is important to be aware of what we are consuming because of heavy metal toxins like these that are sneaking into

our bodies through our food supply. Several very common breakfast cereals, from corn flakes to granola

to rice, have been tested for these toxic heavy metals and the results can be shocking to consumers.

But breakfast cereals are not the only ones to undergo such scrutiny. Nutritional supplements, especially

protein powders, are failing the test as well. I saw one analysis of a very popular protein powder which

showed that it contained more lead than old paint!

Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity through food can come on very slowly, and oftentimes they are

mistaken as a problem resulting from something else. These symptoms can even subside, causing some

people to brush off the danger. Some of the most recognizable symptoms are:

• Impaired mental function (motor, brain and language skills)

• Difficulty learning

• Insomnia

• Nausea

• Lethargy

Detoxes can be done to help rid the body of these heavy metals, and of course switching to better food

choices is a great option as well. If you are concerned about the amounts of these heavy metals in your

foods, and you should be, it is very easy to find the data which shows just what’s in your product of

choice. With a little diligence, you may be unpleasantly surprised and that favorite cereal of yours may

no longer be on the shopping list.

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