Children's Voice July/August 2007

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Foods That May Lessen the Effects of Lead Exposure

  • Vitamin C. Studies have found a link between decreased blood concentrations of lead and increased concentrations of vitamin C. There is some evidence, though not as well-established, that vitamin E also may offer some protection from childhood lead exposure.

  • Calcium. Studies show that calcium reduces both absorption and retention of lead. Calcium is present in dairy products and many vegetables.

  • Iron. There is evidence that iron helps block lead absorption in the gastrointestinal system. It's available in many foods, including beef, kidney beans, boiled spinach, and oatmeal, as well as iron-fortified breakfast cereals such as Cheerios, Fruit Loops, and Cap'n Crunch.



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