Heavy Metals in Oysters

Heavy Metals in Oysters

Heavy Metals in Oysters

Heavy metals in oysters such as high arsenic levels have been found in the Brunswick and New Hanover counties – these are among the highest in the country.

According to a recent study by researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, two professors and four undergraduate students at UNCW are taking a closer look at what is accumulating in oyster tissues as they filter our estuaries. The research is the first of its kind to establish a baseline of two organic contaminants and 10 heavy metals in sediment and oyster tissues in Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mussel Watch Program has done similar studies around the country and in the Carolinas, none had monitoring sites in these counties.

Despite the high spikes of certain heavy metals, the data suggests that none came close to the federal action level – the threshold for health risks. How the organic contaminants may be affecting the environment or human health remains unclear. The study does not address if the concentrations of metals or contaminants are harmful.

The researchers were surprised to find an antimicrobial compound, called triclosan, at all sites studied so far. Triclosan is banned in Europe for health and environmental reasons but widely used in this country in a variety of consumer products.

The students and Ralph Mead, a professor of biochemistry and chemistry at UNCW, also looked for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs. Like triclosan, “They are a pretty prevalent contaminant,” Mead said.

PAHs come from either the combustion of manmade products, like motor oil and cigarettes, or the combustion of natural sources, like wood.

“From a human health standpoint, some of them are carcinogenic, so it’s kind of good to know what levels are in the oysters,” said Stephen Skrabal, a professor from the same department and the associate director for education at the Center for Marine Science who helped lead the research on heavy metals.

Many PAHs are toxic and pose health concerns. However, Mead found that oysters better absorbed the more common PAHs with smaller molecular structures. Those tend to be the less toxic forms of PAHs.

“Basically the more rings you add, the more toxic they get,” explained Amy Ringwood, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte who researches environmental toxicology in marine invertebrates.

Other studies have also found high levels of mercury in fish of different kinds.

Check your mercury levels

If you have concerns about your mercury consumption, there is a simple Hair Tissue Analysis that you can do to determine not only mercury levels but many other toxic metals, as well as a full mineral profile.

Natural Toxic Metal Elimination

Reading this article, one can conclude that if you have been eating fish, the likelihood is that you have some methylmercury stored in your body, with all the health consequences this entails.

This is why it is important to begin a toxic metal detox protocol for all the family. The question, is what is the best choice of a heavy metal detox product as there are so many on the market?

It is best to eliminate heavy metals naturally using a proven toxic metal formulations such as HMD™.

We recommend you take the HMD™ Ultimate Detox Pack which contains the HMD™ (Heavy Metal Detox) as well as LAVAGE, a herbal drainage remedy and organic CHLORELLA.

This can be used by all the family and there are also children’s dosages too.

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Try a Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie regularly to maintain optimal health and well-being – you can then eat whatever fish you like without worrying about toxic metals staying in the body!

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