Fluorine
The Teeth Protector
Minerals

 

Fluorine

Our 6th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Trace mineral - found naturally in soil, plants and animal tissues. Chemical symbol: ‘F’. Although not officially recognized as an essential nutrient, studies show that it is important in many body processes. May also play a role in the prevention of many 20th century killers (eg. heart diseease).

Functions/Benefits
Protects against dental decay.
Protects against osteoporosis.
May help to prevent heart disease.
May help to prevent calcification of organs and musculoskeletal structures.

Deficiency Symptoms
May cause infertility or anaemia (current research is still being carried out).
Tooth decay.
Osteoporosis.
Reduced life expectancy.

Natural sources
Seafood, salmon, halibut, animal meat, and tea (brewed tea provides between 0.3 to 1.5mg of fluorine in an 8 oz (236ml) serving).

US RDA: 1mg fluoride. 3.6mg sodium fluoride.
EU RDA: no official figures but most people get 1mg from water.
Always consult a professional medical practitioner when taking supplements.

Toxicity
Toxic in high doses. Anything between 2.5 gm to 5.0 gm will be fatal. If fluoride-containing toothpaste is accidentally swallowed. Drink a glassful of milk or take some calcium supplements. Calcium is an antidote for fluoride toxicity.

At high doses (20-80 mg per day for 10 or more years) can lead to skeletal fluorisis. Skeletal fluorisis is an abnormal hardening of the bones. Symptoms include arthritic pain, weakness, joint stiffness, and can cause nerve damage and paralysis.


 

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