Action News vol 10 no 2, June 2010, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
The Journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.
Nutrition to Fight Lead Poisoning
Robert J. Taylor, additional references sourced by Elizabeth O’Brien,
Edited by Anne Roberts,
Curcumin There is some evidence that this compound, found predominantly in the Indian spice turmeric, may be neuroprotective against lead-induced damage (at least in mice). It also has therapeutic impacts on H. pylori infections that reduce stomach acidity, in turn reducing iron, zinc, calcium and vitamin B12 absorption. Unfortunately, the amount of curcumin in turmeric is highly variable (even in supplements) and turmeric is frequently lead-contaminated. One study from India indicates that over 99% of local turmeric may be lead-contaminated possibly because traders adulterate turmeric powder with coal tar dyes or lead chromate to mimic the vivid saffron colour. However, the Organic Farming Association of India claims that organically grown turmeric (haldi) is widely available within India and that India grows 80% of the world’s turmeric. Individuals with low iron levels should be aware that curcumin could reduce iron levels through acting as an iron chelator.
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