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Mercury

Vitamin E helps protect against toxic effects of mercury

Posted January 22, 2014

A combination of vitamin E and selenium products may help reduce the toxicity of mercury from eating fish, according to a recent study involving lab rats. Scientists say that, if results can be replicated in human beings, the findings could mean that pregnant women may be able to consumer larger amounts of fish, and their children benefit more from omega-3s.

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Study shows curcumin protects against mercury exposure

Posted October 14, 2013

Mercury pollution is extremely high around the world, with coal-burning power plants and nonferrous metal production being the main sources of toxic emission, accounting for 72 percent of total environmental discharge. The United Nations estimates that nearly 2000 tons of mercury was emitted into the globe’s atmosphere in 2010 alone.

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Fish acquire more mercury at depth due to photochemical reactions breaking down mercury at the ocean surface

Posted August 27, 2013

Mercury – a common industrial toxin – is carried through the atmosphere before settling on the ocean and entering the marine food web. Now, exciting new research from the University of Michigan and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) combines biogeochemistry and direct marine ecology observations to show how the global mercury cycle is colliding with ocean fish – and the human seafood supply – at different depths in the water.

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Eating tomatoes may help neutralize mercury poisoning

Posted November 23, 2012

Researchers at the Universite Laval in Canada have examined the effect of the consumption of tomatoes and tomato products on blood mercury levels in preschool children. The children in their study regulary eat seal meat, fish and other foods from lakes and rivers which are contaminated with mercury, so their exposure levels are quite high. The researchers discovered that every time one of the children ate something with tomato in it, there was a 4.6% drop in blood mercury levels.

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