Fluoride (Fluorine)- Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources
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What is Fluoride?
Fluorine occurs naturally in the Earth's crust, water, and food as the negatively charged ion, fluoride (F). Fluoride is considered a trace element because only small amounts are present in the body (about 2.6 grams in adults), and because the daily requirement for maintaining dental health is only a few milligrams a day. About 95% of the total body fluoride is found in bones and teeth. Fluoride comes in several forms. It is known by the following names, calcium fluoride, stannous fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, and sodium fluoride. Sodium fluoride is added to most public drinking water.
Uses and Benefits of Fluoride
Recommended Dosage of Fluoride
Recommended intakes of fluoride vary, however the consensus among professionals seems to be no more than 2.5 milligrams daily.
Deficiency Symptoms of Fluoride
Toxicity: Fluoride remains in the body for a long time, because it is incorporated into the bones. Even just a little over the recommended levels can cause painful and aching bones, stiffness, weakness, chalky white areas on the teeth, brown or pitted teeth, knots on the bones, rapid aging, increased rates of cancer, high death rate (up to three
times higher in areas of high fluoride concentration in water supply), sagging and wrinkled skin, scleroderma (hard patches of skin).
Rich Food Sources of Fluoride
The prime dietary source for fluoride are typically treated drinking water. However, carrots, turnip and beet greens, dandelion, sunflower seeds, garlic, spinach, green leafy vegetables, nuts (especially almonds), turnip greens, dandelions.
Toxic sources: Fluoride is added to many water supplies and to food processed in areas containing high levels of fluoride. It is added to most toothpastes and may be added to the soil in certain fertilizers. Also found in seafood and oats.
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