What can be the long-term consequences of aluminium poisoning?
All symptoms of aluminium poisoning are slow, long-term changes, as acute poisoning would require much larger quantities than can be ingested through food and everyday use. The aluminium gradually accumulates in the organs. The anaemia, i.e. the anaemia, is normally reversible.
The blood is replenished as soon as enough iron is transported in the blood. In the case of severe bone softening with deformations, these symptoms are usually permanent and are thus one of the long-term consequences of aluminium poisoning. Even the nerve cells that have already died off, in the context of encephalopathy, cannot be restored. The neurological damage that has already occurred therefore remains lifelong.
Is aluminium foil poisonous?
Aluminium foil is probably the best known example of aluminium in everyday life. Food that is stored in aluminium foil can have an increased aluminium content. As long as the total amount of aluminium consumed over the week is not too high, aluminium foil is not dangerous.
To be on the safe side, no acidic foods should be wrapped in aluminium foil, as these absorb particularly large quantities of aluminium from the aluminium foil. However, the use of aluminium foil is not fundamentally dangerous. Sensitive people, such as people with kidney disease, should use alternative packaging options.
Is aluminium oxide toxic?
When exposed to air, aluminium very quickly becomes aluminium oxide. Aluminium oxide finds its way into the human body as tablets against heartburn or as a bone substitute. Aluminium oxide is considered to be much less dangerous than aluminium itself. For example, aluminium oxide cannot cross the blood–brain barrier, so deposition in the brain is unlikely.
Are aluminium pots/cans/pans toxic?
The same rule applies to pots and other containers as for aluminium foil. Small amounts of aluminium can be transferred to food and thus lead to increased intake, but this should still be below the limits. Here too, it should be noted that no acidic food should be stored in the containers, as this can release increased aluminium from the containers. However, the aluminium containers do not pose a fundamental risk.
Is oxidised aluminium toxic?
Aluminium reacts very quickly with oxygen to form aluminium oxide and thus becomes more stable. Aluminium oxide is considered less dangerous to the human body than pure aluminium because it does not cross the blood–brain barrier.