Aluminium is a chemical element and it is used for many useful things today, but it might have negative consequences on your health as well. In contrast, to other vitamins or minerals the body doesn’t need any aluminium to function properly.
Despite that fact aluminium is accumulating in the brain, kidneys, liver or lungs. It also is found in the thyroid where it competes with calcium for absorption and thus could lead to bone demineralization.
Aluminium is currently mainly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but also cancer or Parkinson’s disease. Although there is no 100% proof, some studies and individual cases indicate that aluminium might be a cause of those diseases.
Knowledge base: Alzheimer’s disease, also known as Alzheimer’s or Alzheimer disease is responsible for 60-70% of all dementia cases. Its development usually starts slowly, but speeds up and gets worse over time. It usually affects the short-term memory first, but symptoms may range from loss of language to not being able to manage oneself. The causes for Alzheimer are still poorly understood and it is believed that genes play a major role in its development.
Studies have shown that aluminium can produce toxic, oxidative stress in your brain leading to mental diseases mentioned above. It is also known that aluminium affects the neurological system, but the main culprit remains Alzheimer’s disease.
In several cases of patients who died from the disease, researchers found an increased concentration of aluminium in their brain. The University School of Medicine in Belgrade also found a connection between aluminium polluted drinking water and higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers also suggest that there is a connection between aluminium exposure (especially from deodorants) and breast cancer in women.
Aluminium is also everywhere around us. It’s the earth most common metal and researchers have found it in any consumer product ranging from baking powder to cosmetics.
Although you can’t get rid of all your aluminium exposure it is good to reduce it anyway. Use glass instead of aluminium cookware and don’t use aluminium foil for cooking. Also, avoid any hygiene products that contain aluminium, often in the form of aluminium hydroxide.
Avoid canned foods especially if the cans are damaged. Research has shown that the preservatives used in these foods can dissolve part of the aluminium of the can.
Go for fresh foods whenever you can and limit your exposure to aluminium.
Steps to take:
- Check your cosmetics if they contain any aluminium.
- Use your glass cookware if you have any. Reduce the use aluminium foil for cooking.