Best Food for Lead Poisoning – Garlic

Best Food for Lead Poisoning – Garlic

September 15, 2019 90 By Ewald Bahringer


[Music] dietary strategies for the treatment of lead toxicity are often based on rodent studies however for tofu at least there was a population study people showing lower lead levels in men and women who ate more tofu they controlled for a whole bunch of factors so it’s not like tofu lovers were protected just because they smoked less or ate less meat but you can’t control for everything ideally what we’d have is a randomized placebo-controlled study and take a group of people exposed to lead split them up into two groups half get the food half get some kind of identical placebo food and see what happens easy to do with drugs you can just use look-alike sugar pills as placebos so you people don’t know what group they’re in but how do you make placebo food one way to do disguised food interventions is to use foods that are so potent they can be stuffed in a pill like garlic there’d been various studies on the effects of garlic in rats and as a potential antidote for lead intoxication distributed among different Mouse organs but who eats Mouse organs this animal study had some direct human relevance though the effect of garlic on lead contents in chicken tissues to explore the possible uses of garlic to clean up lead contents in chickens which like all of us on planet earth have been exposed to lead pollution in hopes we can minimize the hazard of lead polluted chicken meat and it worked feeding garlic to chickens reduces lead levels in the edible mass of the chicken by up to 75% or more even if you don’t give them lead raise them on distilled water they end up with some lead and their meat and giblets we just live in such a polluted world but actively feed them lead for a week and the levels get really high but give them the same amount of lead with a little garlic added given some garlicky lead and much less led accumulates in their bodies okay but here’s the crazy part same mana LED but this time you wait a week and then give the garlic and it worked even better the value of garlic and reducing lead concentrations was more pronounced when given afterwards after the lead was stopped after let had already built up in the tissues see we used to think that the beneficial effects of garlic against lead toxicity was primarily due to a reaction between lead and sulfur compounds in the garlic that would glom onto the lead and the intestinal tract and flush it out of the body but what this study showed is that garlic appears to contain compounds that can actually pull lead not just out of the intestinal contents but I have the tissues of the body so the results indicate that garlic contains chelating compounds capable of enhancing elimination of lead so garlic feeding can be exploited to safeguard human consumers by minimizing lead concentrations in meat but if garlic is so effective at pulling lead out of chickens bodies why not exploit garlic feeding more directly by eating it ourselves well there had never been a study on the ability of garlic to help let exposed humans until now actually I’m embarrassed to say the study was published back in 2012 but I missed it that was when I was just setting up you know nutritionfacts.org getting it up and running now that we have a staff and whole research team hopefully important studies like this won’t slip through the cracks in the future but here we go a head to head comparison of the therapeutic effects of garlic versus a chelation therapy drug called deep penicillamine a hundred and seventeen workers exposed to lead in the car battery industry were randomly assigned into one of two groups the drug three times a day or an eighth of a teaspoon of garlic powder compression to a tablet three times a day that’s about the equivalent of two cloves of fresh garlic a day for a month as expected the chelation drug reduced blood lead levels by about 20 percent but so did the garlic the garlic worked just as well as the drug and of course had fewer side effects thus garlic seems safer and as effective but you know saying something is as effective as chelation therapy isn’t saying much remember how for chronic lead poisoning chelation drugs can lower blood levels but don’t actually improve neurological function okay you ready this is where it gets amazing significant clinical improvements were seen in the garlic group a lesser ability fewer headaches improvements in their reflexes and blood pressure after treatment with garlic but not the drug so garlic was safer and more effective therefore garlic can be recommended for the treatment of mild to moderate lead poisoning [Music]