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Aluminum All Around Us

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 04:02 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Aluminum is a highly charged element. Like other metals, it can competitively inhibit several essential elements that have similar charges and size.

If you look at the Periodic Table of Elements, you will see that aluminum (Al) has a molecular weight similar to magnesium (Mg). It also has characteristics that are similar characteristics to calcium (Ca) and iron (Fe).

The total body burden of aluminum in healthy people is 30 to 50 mg. Approximately 50 percent of that is contained in the skeleton, while 25 percent is in the lungs.

Unfortunately, it is easy to exceed those numbers because aluminum is found in so many consumer products, including both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. As a result, the average person’s aluminum burden is increasing.

Because it has no therapeutic use, the human body is designed to eliminate the element in an efficient way.

Nearly all of the aluminum in the body is bound to transport proteins and eliminated via the kidneys.

In a healthy body with normal kidney function, aluminum that is absorbed through the mouth is easily gotten rid of. Only 0.3 percent of orally ingested aluminum — which is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract — is retained.

However, when aluminum is absorbed in other ways — such as transdermally (through the skin) or by injection — it may begin to accumulate.

When aluminum is absorbed intravenously, 40 percent of the element is retained in adults, and 75 percent is retained in neonatal children.

If a person’s kidney function is deficient, aluminum can also accumulate.

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