Devastating Effects of Arsenic Present in Food and 3 Preventive Measures

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A person is that what he eats. The daily food intake decides the health status of the person. The ingredients of the diet will help you to make your body healthy or make you sick. There are many food ingredients which help to body build up, provide energy and maintain your health status but some such notorious food ingredients are present which can cause sickening of the body and arsenic is one of them.

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Foods Containing Arsenic

In daily life, we consume many such foods which have arsenic content in it. In some areas, the available water supply is the source of arsenic. Brussels sprouts, polished rice, dark meat fish like salmon, commercially raised chicken and alcoholic beverages are enriched source of arsenic.

How it Affects the Body?

Arsenic is a severely dangerous element which can cause many health complications and life-threatening ailments. Some complications are mild and cured with proper early management. But sometimes the regular intake of this hazardous chemical can cause long term effects which can put a full stop on the human life.

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Short Term Effects

If arsenic exposure is for shorter duration and at low level, some short-term effects are noted which are managed and vanished with little effort. These effects include following complications;

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea having blood
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling of limbs
  • Loss of sensation in limbs
  • Hair fall
  • Muscle cramps

If these symptoms noticed and managed at earlier stage then this will help greatly to inhibit the arsenic poisoning at early stage. But if these little complications left untreated and arsenic intake not prohibited then it can cause serious medical disorders.

Long Term Effects

The arsenic poisoning when reached to its maximum evil level it can cause potent damages to almost all body vital organs. Some deadly conditions which arises due to arsenic toxicity are listed below;

  • Reduced blood cell production
  • Degradation of existing red blood cells
  • Blood circulation problem
  • Heart problem( to consult the best cardiologist in Lahore visit Mrham)
  • Liver enlargement
  • Darkening of skin color
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Respiratory problems like asthma
  • Type 2 Diabetes mellitus
  • Oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Brain damage (may cause alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease)
  • Cancer especially in bladder, kidney, lungs and skin ( to consult best oncologist in Karachi visit Marham)
  • Congenital abnormalities in newborn like microcephaly and inborn heart problem.

How To Prevent This Hazard?

Till the date, there is no cure or antidote against this poisonous element so it is better to take best preventive measures to avoid the arsenic poisoning. Here are some basic tips which can help you in this regard;

  • Minimize the arsenic intake immediately.
  • Take selenium and vitamin E supplements to reduce the risk of poisoning.
  • Maintain your blood potassium level to fight against higher level of arsenic.
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Tayyaba Waris
She is a student of Ph.D. molecular biology at Comsats University, Islamabad. She is working on the causes and treatment of male infertility. She has also worked on liver disease and its herbal treatments and has recently got her paper published in the National journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals. At Marham, she writes about hot medical issues and general health problems.