Monday, September 24, 2018 by Rhonda Johansson
Scientists warn that cadmium poisoning is an underreported and little-known global health problem, causing a massive number of deaths annually and contributing to a lot of illnesses, not the least of which is cancer. The long-term exposure to the heavy metal has been documented to dramatically increase one’s risk of various skeletal, reproductive, cardiovascular, and urinary conditions. Of note is cadmium’s ability to damage the brain by increasing the amount of oxidative stress found in the nervous system. Patients with a cadmium toxicity are noted to have a higher likelihood of developing neurodegenerative diseases.
This is a serious threat to human life, but one that can be prevented and even reversed using food.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Medicinal Plants concluded that papaya extract can prevent cadmium-induced brain damage. The authors behind the study found that papayas do this through three mechanisms:
For the purposes of this study, 30 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into six groups of five animals each. All groups were treated intraperitoneally with a single dose of 3.5 mg/kg body weight of cadmium sulfate. Two of the six groups were treated with high and low doses of papaya extract at 250 mg/kg and 400 mg/kg body weight respectively for four weeks. The groups that received either dose of papaya extract showed a significant reduction of neurotoxicity risk. It was concluded that papaya could be used as a safe and effective alternative treatment for brain damage caused by cadmium exposure.
Even low levels of cadmium exposure can cause several adverse health effects. Those who are chronically exposed to the heavy metal (including heavy smokers) are found to be at greater risk of the following conditions:
Cadmium is a heavy metal and exists considerably in the environment. It was used in the production of older batteries, as a pigment in paint production, and in the electroplating and production of polyvinyl chloride plastic. It has been found that cadmium may likewise be found in some food items, as a result of poor agricultural practices and bad marketing methods. (Related: Cadmium poisoning signs and symptoms: Are you being poisoned by this heavy metal?)
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