Aluminum is the most important immunotoxic trace element for human health, which it was possible to isolate in its pure form only 100 years after its discovery.
The high chemical activity of the mineral determines its ability to combine with various substances.
In an adult, the aluminum content is 50 milligrams.
The concentration of the element in the internal organs, micrograms per gram:
- lymph nodes – 32.5;
- lungs -18.2;
- liver 2.6;
- tissues – 0.6;
- muscles – 0.5;
- brain, testicles, ovaries – 0.4.
When dust is inhaled with aluminum compounds, the content of the element in the lungs can reach 60 micrograms per gram. With age, its amount in the brain and respiratory organs increases.
Aluminum is involved in the formation of the epithelium, the construction of connective, bone tissue, affects the activity of the food glands, enzymes.
The daily rate for an adult varies in the range of 30 – 50 micrograms. It is estimated that 100 mcg of aluminum is present in the daily diet. Therefore, the body’s need for this trace element is fully met by food.
Remember, from food rich in aluminum, only 4% of the compound is absorbed: through the respiratory tract or the digestive tract. Accumulated over the years, the substance is excreted in the urine, feces, then, exhaled air.
This element of the periodic table belongs to the category of compounds that play a pivotal role in the human body.
- Regulates, accelerates cell regeneration, thereby prolonging health and youth.
2. Participates in the formation of cartilage, ligaments, skeleton, muscle, bone, and connective tissue, contributing to the epithelialization of the skin.
3. Increases the activity of enzymes for digestion and the digestive capacity of gastric juice.
4. It is necessary for the development and improvement of the perception of the body phosphate, protein complexes.
5. It activates the work of the thyroid gland.
6. Strengthens bone tissue.
In addition, aluminum is contained in biomolecules, creating a strong bond with the atoms of nitrogen, oxygen. The trace element is shown to people with bone fractures and people suffering from acute, chronic hyperacid gastritis, gastric ulcer, osteoporosis.
The lack of trace elements in the body – is so rare that the probability of its development is reduced to zero.
Every year the amount of aluminum in the human diet is rapidly increasing.
The compound comes with food, water, food additives (sulfates), medicines, sometimes with air. In medical practice in the entire history, there were several isolated cases of substance deficiency in the human body. Thus, a pressing problem of the 21st century is the glut of the daily menu element rather than the development of its insufficiency.
Despite this, we consider the consequences of a deficiency of aluminum in the body.
- General weakness, loss of strength in the limbs.
- Slow growth, development of children and adolescents.
- Violation of coordination of movements.
- The destruction of cells, tissues and the loss of their functionality.
These deviations occur if a person does not regularly receive the daily rate of aluminum (30-50 micrograms). The poorer the diet and the lower the consumption of the compound, the more intense the symptoms and effects of the shortage.
The excess trace element is toxic.
Increased aluminum content is dangerous to human health, since immunity is reduced, and sometimes irreversible changes occur in the body, which dramatically shortens the lifespan.
Reasons for exceeding the permissible rate of trace elements
- Work in production, where the air is saturated with various aluminum compounds, which leads to acute poisoning in pairs. Aluminum is an occupational disease of people working in metallurgy.
2. Accommodation in places with a high content of substances in the air and the environment.
3. The use of aluminum utensils for cooking and nutrition of them.
4. Reception of medical preparations with a high content of microelement. Such drugs include antacids (phosphalugel, Maalox), vaccines (against hepatitis A, B, papillomavirus, hemophilic, pneumococcal infection), some antibiotics. With prolonged use of such drugs, aluminum salts accumulate in the body, causing an overdose. To prevent this phenomenon in the process of therapy, it is necessary to simultaneously apply cholagogue, diuretics, and drugs with magnesium, silver ions, which remove, inhibit the action of the element.
5. The use of decorative, preventive cosmetics, which include aluminum (antiperspirant deodorants, lipstick, mascara, creams, wet wipes).
6. Acute, chronic renal failure. The disease contributes to the accumulation and prevents the removal of aluminum salts from the body.
7. The glut of ration of food rich in this trace element. Remember, any products of long shelf life, packed in foil, iron cans can accumulate a lot of aluminum. From such products must be abandoned. In addition, today the following food additives, regulated by state standards and allowed for use in production, have been registered: Е520, Е521, Е522 / Е523. These are sulfates or aluminum salts. Despite the fact that they are absorbed less actively than compounds coming with food or medicines, such substances slowly poison our bodies. Most of them are concentrated in sweets, canned goods.
8. The ingress of aluminum ions into the body with drinking water, which is being processed at the water treatment plant. In regions prone to abundant acid rain, lake and river reservoirs are characterized by exceeding the concentration of AL over the norm by dozens of times, which leads to the death of mollusks, amphibians, and fish.
Thus, no one is immune from the excess of aluminum in the body.
Characteristic signs of excess trace element:
- decreased hemoglobin;
- reducing the number of red blood cells;
- loss of appetite;
- mental disorders;
- problems with the digestive tract, kidneys;
- speech disorders, orientation in space;
- blurred mind;
- memory lapses;
The consequences of the toxic effect of the trace element:
- The development of osteomalacia, a disease associated with the softening of bone tissue, which disrupts the work of the musculoskeletal system, leads to bone fractures and an increase in injuries.
2. Brain damage (encephalopathy). As a result, Alzheimer’s disease develops. This condition is manifested in increased nervousness, apathy towards the whole environment, impaired memory, a tendency to sudden unreasonable stresses, and depressions. In old age, progressive dementia occurs.
3. Dysfunction of the gastric tract, intestines, kidneys.
4. Head shaking, cramps in the limbs, the development of arthritis, anemia, rickets.
5. Inhibition of the metabolism of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc in the body.
6. Disruption of the central nervous system.
7. Inadequate production of salivary enzymes.
8. Reduction of human life.
Remember, aluminum belongs to the category of immunotoxic trace elements, so to maintain health, you need to monitor the number of incoming compounds in the body every day.
Natural sources of aluminum
The trace element is predominantly found in plant foods and bakery products, due to the baking of the latter in aluminum cookware. In addition, dyes, food additives under the sign of E520-523, yeast, canned food regularly supply a person with this compound. Every year the metal content in the finished “store” products is rapidly increasing.
Product Name Amount of aluminum per 100 grams of product, micrograms
Rye grains 1670
Grass sargo 1548
Wheat grains 1520
Croutons, bagels, muffin 1500
Pistachios, Nutmeg 1500
Wheat flour 1 grade 1400
Wheat flour 2 grades 1220
Top grade flour 1050
Rice cereal 912
Jerusalem artichoke 815
Beet topper 815
Savoy cabbage 815
White cabbage 570
When eating foods rich in aluminum, remember, the trace element slows down the absorption of ascorbic acid, pyridoxine, iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, and sulfur-containing amino acids. Therefore, these compounds are recommended not to combine or increase the consumption of minerals.
Ways of reduction in the organism
Complete rejection of the use of aluminum utensils (plates, pots, pans, baking molds) and the use of canned goods. Hot food in contact with the walls of the container is saturated with salts of the metal from which it is made. Exclusion from the diet of products containing a large amount of this element. Purification of water from aluminum salts using a filter.
Disposal of cosmetic products that include this trace element. Before buying read the composition of the product!
Saturation of the diet with products containing magnesium, silver ions, which neutralize the action of aluminum.
In addition, nutritionists recommend using drugs with aluminum hydroxide (which suppresses the acidity of gastric juice, antiarthritic, and anti hemorrhoidal) only in emergency cases.
Thus, aluminum is an essential trace element for human health, which is found in the brain, liver, bone, epithelial tissues, lungs and with moderate consumption (50 micrograms per day) improves digestion, skin condition, parathyroid glands, and participates in the creation of protein complexes and building bones.