Yes, Eating Gold Is A Thing.
Article By Sybrina Durant
Consumption of metals is a regular occurrence for most people. They are present in our food and drink, and can also be absorbed through skin contact with air, soil, and water. Some people even deliberately consume some expensive metals such as gold.
The human body is composed of a variety of elements from the Periodic Table. In particular, Oxygen (65% of body mass), Carbon (18% of body mass), Hydrogen (10% of body mass), Nitrogen (3% of body mass), Calcium (1.4% of body mass), and Phosphorous (1.1% of body mass) play essential roles in keeping us healthy. Other key elements, such as Potassium, Sulfur, Sodium, Chlorine and Magnesium are also important for maintaining the proper functioning balance within our bodies.
Magnesium and Potassium are included among the Magical Elements of the Periodic Table Presented Alphabetically By The Metal Horn Unicorns book. Potassium is necessary for healthy nerve activity, and about 300 enzymes require magnesium to perform their metabolic tasks appropriately.
The basic essentials for good health are well-known, but it’s important to note that many trace elements such as iron, fluorine, and zinc also contribute to our wellbeing. In the book referenced above, you can find more information on these three vital elements and their benefits. Additionally, there are many other trace elements both beneficial and harmful which are part of our daily lives – knowledge and careful management of these is key to maintaining our health.
Proper nutrition is key for obtaining essential metals, and it’s possible to get most of what we need from food if we’re mindful about what we’re consuming. Overdosing on these substances is unlikely through diet alone; however, taking supplements can have detrimental consequences. For instance, excessive zinc consumption can cause copper deficiencies which impair the body’s ability to metabolize iron while heightened calcium levels can interfere with magnesium absorption. It should also be noted that not all metals are beneficial for nutritional purposes.
Although unlikely, it is possible to overdose on certain metals from food. For example, some types of fish may have dangerous levels of mercury, while soil can contain too much lead which can be present in produce and meat items. Trace amounts of lead can be found in spinach, turkey breast and milk, while cucumbers occasionally contain arsenic. Additionally, even items like strawberries and dark chocolate may have a small amount of cadmium. As these trace amounts pose potential health risks, it’s important to be aware so that one can make informed dietary decisions that promote safety and wellbeing.
Now about eating gold. Oh yes, the element, gold, is represented in the book.
Gold as a food additive has been approved for use in the EU since 1979 and the US since 2016. Commonly available in shops in powder, flakes, leaves or sheets form, edible gold is used to bedazzle all kinds of dishes from sushi to ice cream. However, people have enjoyed eating this precious metal since around 5000 years ago. Noteworthy is that it imparts no flavor whatsoever; furthermore, there’s no benefit or harm to one’s health as digestion systems cannot absorb noble metals such as gold – so you should expect shiny golden outputs after eating it.
Chrysiasis and Argyria are conditions derived from prolonged exposure to gold or silver, respectively. During the early 20th century individuals were treated with oral or intravenous gold therapy for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and tuberculosis. Chrysiasis, which leads to blue pigmentation of exposed regions of the body and sclera, is still an issue today due to gold salts and laser therapy. In a similar vein, Argyria can result from excessive consumption of silver.
The primary takeaway from this article is moderation. It is important to be mindful of your dietary habits and ensure that you don’t overindulge in any one type of food or drink. Balance is key in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, so be sure to practice moderation whenever possible.
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