Cadmium is a heavy metal that can be toxic if swallowed or inhaled. It has several industrial applications and is commonly found in solder and nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries. Cadmium exposure can have significant health effects and should be handled with care.
Cadmium heavy metal home test kit tests the presence of ions of Cadmium to a high degree of accuracy to detect contamination in the body and on a wide range of materials in your environment.
The body absorbs and retains certain heavy metals, even arsenic, which is essential in minute quantities. It is therefore important to check regularly to ensure that the heavy metals present in the body does not exceed the prescribed safety limits.
Cadmium is a zinc-refinement by-product. The body has no use for cadmium. It's in many products on the market today including:
- Nickel Cadmium Batteries – Making the Batteries Presents the Danger
- Petroleum Products
- Phosphate Fertilizers
- Pigments – Most Commonly the Yellow Pigment
Cadmium toxicity has been linked to:
- Renal Dysfunction
- Lung Disease
- Bone Degeneration
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Several Types of Cancer
Cadmium appears to depress some immune functions, mainly by reducing host resistance to bacteria and viruses. It may increase cancer risk, possibly for the lungs and prostate. Cadmium toxicity has been implicated in generating prostate enlargement, possibly by interfering with zinc support. The cadmium effect may also contribute to heart diseases as well
Cadmium also affects the bones. It has been known to cause bone and joint aches and pains. This syndrome, first described in Japan, where it was termed the itai-itai ("ouch-ouch") disease, was caused by cadmium pollution there. It was also associated with weak bones that led to deformities, especially of the spine, or to more easily broken bones. This disease was fatal in many cases.
Cadmium is not very well absorbed, with a rate of about 20 percent, but this is still a higher rate than that of other minerals. Cadmium is not particularly well eliminated by the body, mainly through feces and urine. This mineral is stored primarily in the liver and kidneys. Cadmium like zinc is also stored in the testes in higher concentrations than in other tissues. Cadmium accumulation in the kidneys (with aging) may cause hypertension.