Posted on Mar 06, 2019, 7 p.m.
Aluminum is an abundant metal, it can be found in combination with elements such as silicon and oxygen, and as a metal it is commonly used in a variety of goods ranging from cans, to foil, and cookware.
Aluminum compounds can often be found in a variety of other applications such as water treatment, antiperspirants, antacids, cosmetics, some food additives, buffered aspirin; and aluminum salts are used in a number of vaccines as adjuvants said to serve to provoke the immune system.
Aluminum exposure occurs every day via the air we breathe, food we eat, water we drink, and the ground under our feet, each and every day. According to the CDC the average American adult eats around 7-9 milligrams of aluminum in their food alone each day. Adults and children can be exposed to aluminum via vaccination according to the same Agency for Substances and Disease Registry.
Just because aluminum is omnipresent in the world does not mean it is safe. A connection between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease and been demonstrated in several studies; and animal studies have demonstrated the nervous system to be a prime target for aluminum toxicity.
Keele University published a study finding high amounts of aluminum present in the brains of patients diagnosed with familial AD. New research conducted by Professor Chris Exley shows there may be a way to inhibit effects of aluminum. Over the course of 10 years the team investigated effectiveness of silicon infused water against the toxic effects of the ubiquitous metal. Drinking silicon enhanced water was found to reduce the burden of aluminum on the body by increasing rates at which it is expelled; silicic Acid infused water was observed to help reduce aluminum levels by 70% over the course of the 12 week study in one case. Silicic Acid was used to enhance water as it binds to aluminum and creates hydroxy aluminosilicate, then the compound can easily be filtered from the blood to be excreted through the kidneys via urine. Drinking the enhanced water was found to boost cognitive function in those with Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1988 researchers from the University of Barcelona found rats consuming silicon infused water had lower levels of aluminum in their spleens, bones, liver, brains, and kidneys. 3 groups were given 450mg of aluminum nitrate nonahydrate 5 days a week for 5 weeks: 2 groups received either 59 or 118 milligrams of silicon per liter in their water; the positive control group only received the aluminum; and the negative control group received neither. Results showed the groups treated with silicon had less aluminum accumulation in all tissues; it was concluded results corroborate silicon effectively preventing gastrointestinal aluminum absorption which may be of concern in protecting against its neurotoxic effects.
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