Toxic mineral rates

The highly comprehensive and accurate table includes all the heavy metals and the effect of each of them on the body. It is particularly useful to interpret the hair mineral analysis results available on our site.

Trace element rates available here

Blood hormone rates available here

Toxic minerals

Elements Main sources Main biological symptom Prevention Hair content (ppm*)
Acute intoxications Chronic intoxications
Exclusively toxic nature
Cadmium After lead, it is the most widespread atmospheric metallic pollutant: metallurgy, paints, ceramics, plastic items. It is also abundant in cigarette smoke Severe digestive problems, liver and kidney disease Dried skin, join pain, neuralgia, lack of appetite and weight loss Calcium, copper, iron, selenium, zinc and Vitamin C and B6 supplements. Essential to stop smoking. Checks: air quality + hair Up to 1.0
Mercury Electronics, agricultural (fungicides), mining… Chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry… Contaminated food(fish)… Severe digestive problems (severe stomach pains, vomiting…) kidney and liver blockage… comatose state… Irritability, depression, behavioural disorders, anaemia, lack of appetite and weight loss, skin lesions… Chelating agent treatment if necessary + selenium + sulphurated aminic acids supplements. Precautions: medical thermometers, batteries… Up to 5.0
Lead Atmospheric pollution, metallurgy industry, mining Painting, enamel and ceramics, food pollution, drinks and cosmetics...Cigarette smoke… Fever, liver disease, nervous disorders Behavioural disorders (agitations, anger, anxiety), dizziness, memory disorders, headaches, stomach aches Chelating agent treatment if necessary + calcium, phosphorous, chromium contributions + Vit C, E and B6Checks: air quality, hair, blood. Up to 10.0
Others Certain elements which have not been formally proven as being useful to the body must be considered a priori as essentially toxic. That is particularly the case of beryllium (electronics, nuclear, chemical industry…), boron (chemical industry, agriculture…) or even caesium (electronics, chemical industry…) Special emphasis will be placed on monitoring beryllium, given its proven toxicity and its increasingly widespread use in modern industry.
Marked toxic nature in case of overdose (excessive intake)
Aluminium Very widespread in nature and widely used in modern industry: mining activity, metallurgy, food additives, cosmetics, mineral water… Rare: some cases of fatal encephalopathies in patients with kidney failure have been observed (in the dialysis water) Behaviour disorders (aggressiveness, dementia, violence...), bone decalcification Precaution with items not offering “food” guarantees and with certain cosmetics (antiperspirants) Up to 50.0
Arsenic Chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, agricultural activities (pesticides...) Poisoning (accidental or criminal) Rapid and severe dehydration, sometimes irreversible. Stomach disorders, significant weight loss, skin lesions, polyneuritis. Antidote for arsenic: dimercaprol Up to 10.0
Baryum Metallurgy, glass industry, chemical industry: catalysts, pigments; food additives… Few cases described: fever, digestive and respiratory disorders would be symptoms to be taken into consideration. Kidney and lung diseases Ventilation of premises and dust extractors. Checks: air quality, hair. Up to 2.0
Strontium Pharmaceutical industry, biological tracers… X-rays Very few cases reported. Bone decalcifications... (element that can substitute calcium..) Phospho-calcium metabolism disorders, nervous disorders Increase the calcium, phosphorus and magnesium supplements Up to 2.0
Others In general, all the oxide metals or metal salts are toxic. Some examples are chromium in its hexavalent form (Cr6+) that is widely used for surface treatments, iron (Fe2+ & Fe3+), which is a major component atmospheric dust, silicon in its halide form, or even copper, nickel, vanadium and zinc, with the less toxic probably being molybdenum and manganese. In addition to the toxic effects that are most often manifested by skin lesions and nervous and digestive orders, there are the effects due to the dusty or fibrous nature of the components, which, even though they are chemically inert, can cause respiratory cancers (e.g.: asbestos)…

* 1 ppm = 1 µg (microgram). Or: 0.000001 gram  


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