There are oodles and oodles of reasons you should go organic– and, if you’re looking for another one, recent research composed in the British Journal of Nutrition discovered that organic foods hold a walloping 50 percent less cadmium than foods that are fertilized with conventional chemicals.
And when you consider that cadmium (Cd) is a toxic metal found in connection with a plethora of different cancers, it’s something you should tread lightly about.
In fact, researchers uncovered evidence that long-term contact with cadmium forms breast cancer cells in some people– and even makes those cells increasingly aggressive. Cadmium carries hormone-replicating characteristics, acting almost like a synthetic estrogen once it gets into your body. The frightening metal can also initiate vascular disorders, osteoporosis, and even kidney failure! Furthermore, it can also hurt your body’s reproductive health.
Fortunately for all you health-heads, organic food packs nearly 30 percent more antioxidants than traditionally-grown food, which helps offset many of cadmium’s negative health impacts, while also keeping your vascular system in tip-top condition, researchers confirm.
Knowing this, where does cadmium hide so you can avoid it?
Well, it’s primarily seen in green vegetables, grains, tubers, shellfish, and organ meat, meaning that non-smokers have the most cadmium exposure risk from plant foods typically considered healthy. While minuscule amounts of cadmium get excreted in your urine, your body doesn’t have any physiological mechanism for managing cadmium levels– meaning cadmium frequently gathers up over time inside you. Fortunately, people who often consume organic rather than conventionally produced foods are more likely to experience just half the cadmium exposure as those consuming more conventionally-grown foods, researchers declare.
Staying Away From Cadmium
• Apart from choosing organic, you can cut back on grub such as crab, and mussels to lessen your exposure to cadmium.
• Animal studies indicate that antioxidant-rich spiralina might lessen the negative health effects of cadmium already present within your body.
• Consuming zinc-filled foods also appears to fight cadmium’s toxic effects.
• Get plenty of iron. Getting organic foods, staying away from tobacco smoke, and correcting potential iron deficiencies are three great strategies for making sure your body stays relatively absent of cadmium, notes James J. DiNicolantonio, PharmD, cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. Iron deficiency, he says, raises your intestines’ absorption ability for cadmium, which most likely explains why women more often have higher amounts of cadmium than men.
• Lastly, don’t smoke! Both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes carry scary amounts of cadmium.
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