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Arsenic levels high in Apple and Grape juice?

Updated on March 14, 2012
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There is currently a controversy by FDA and juice Brand producers about "ARE the levels of Arsenic too high in Apple and Grape juice?"

The arguments against FDA are that, the organization did not monitor the levels of Arsenic in fruit juices for far too long and there is high contamination of Arsenic for some brands out there.

How does Arsenic goes into juice box or bottle?

The fruits are often treated with pesticides. Such pesticides stick on the fruit skin until the next rain and big part of Arsenic is entering the fruit by osmosis. When squeezed to juice later - the Arsenic is going to the market. Either fresh or with strong preservatives (more poison).

Not all Arsenic is bad!

Arsenic shots are used to treat leukemia. It is a dragonic measure. It either kills your body or your sick blood cells, but it works. Also - Natural arsenic can be found everywhere, it is part of compounds found in some plant live. Natural arsenic CAN'T kill you. The body does not metabolize it and throws it away. The problem comes from the pesticides. This kind of Arsenic can not be thrown away. It goes to the liver and can be quite bad (vomiting, hair loss, internal pain). When there is good rainfall after Apples are treated with pesticides, Arsenic goes to the soil and then into the water.

We can't decide how the farmers will preserve their produce from pests. We can decide to make Apple juice at home, but it is a bit too much work ;) and not every one has his own apple orchard.

What we can do to battle eventual Arsenic poisoning?

Arsenic is detached and led away from the body with chelating agents, that connect to it and take it away naturally. Such agent is Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). This acid is sold in pill form in some places of the world and is not expensive. Bad contamination must be cured at doctor's office with a Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid.

The other way around are ... herbs.

Cilantro (Coriander) can be used as Arsenic chelation agent if you can't afford ALA or medical treatment. There are dozens of good recipes for sauce with Coriander in Google. Just find what you prefer and put ... a bit more than described in the recipe ;)

Vitamin A, C and E are proven to clean body of all free radicals. The natural champions of those vitamins are the Rose Hip, Lemons, Grape fruits and green peppers.

Garlic! One of the healthiest foods around there. Also proven to lead toxicity out of the body.

Now imagine sauces made of Garlic, fresh Lemon juice and Coriander ;)

They are called Guacamole and Pesto.


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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Most preferably, yes.

      Apple seeds have an essential oil, which is a bit toxic to the liver and you don't want them in your juice.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      This reminded me that cyanide is in apple, peach and mango seeds and stones. Shouldn't people who juice remove the seeds of apples before they put it though the machine?

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Yes, we can imagine those sauces! Thanks for the info and guidelines for getting ALA naturally.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Thank you for explaining this scary health concern.