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BISMUTH

Bismuth is a heavy metal similar to lead and arsenic, but not nearly as toxic. It is a mineral, with the atomic number 83, that is found naturally in very small amounts in some foods and can be of help with gastrointestinal disorders. As a metal, bismuth was known in ancient times, but often confused with lead, tin and antimony. Bismuth is derived from the German language and means "white mass." It is a naturally occurring and stable heavy metal and about 86 percent as dense as lead, but much less toxic, which is why alloys of bismuth are now used as replacements for products that have traditionally been made from lead, such as buckshot.

As a natural part of the diet it may help absorb toxins within the intestines and reduce stomach acidity. It also has an effect on the phosphorus and zinc balance in the body.

Bismuth compounds were once used to treat syphilis, but are now better known as a gastrointestinal remedy. Bismuth is absorbent and alkalising meaning it reduces acidity, which is why it is used to treat the following health disorders :

Bismuth deficiency

Bismuth deficiency can cause low stomach acid (upper part of stomach), heartburn, bloating, calcification, warts, diarrhoea, gastric ulcers. Bismuth and lithium frequently test low in patients who suffer from low stomach acid levels corresponding to upper (bismuth) and lower (lithium) parts of the stomach and they are always low in those with an active infection of the Helicobacter pylori bacterium, which is responsible for some gastric ulcers and a number of other medical conditions. Bismuth, through its antimicrobial action, is more appropriate for peptic involvement to inhibit H. Pylori activity, where it supports an increase in upper stomach acid levels, while lithium is more indicated for lower gastric duodenal involvement, where it supports an increase in lower stomach acid levels.

 

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CAUTION: Supplements of lithium and bismuth are not advised though as excessive amounts can cause serious health issues.

Overdose of bismuth or lithium

Bismuth can accumulate in the kidneys and liver with long-term use, causing toxicity symptoms and reduced function. Too much bismuth leads to a dark coloured tongue, black deposits within the gums and black stools, which are similar symptoms to lead poisoning. Skin and respiratory irritation can also occur. Excess lithium has similar effects.

Bismuth or lithium overdose symptoms

  • Colitis

  • Diarrhoea

  • Encephalopathy

  • Frequent urination

  • Goitre (swelling of the thyroid gland)

  • Hallucinations

  • Hearing disturbances

  • Hypo-adrenalism

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Lethargy

  • Memory problems

  • Mental confusion

  • Muscle twitching

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Oedema

  • Slurred speech

  • Staggering gait

  • Tremors

  • Visual disturbances

  • Weight gain

Serious complications of bismuth or lithium overdose

If untreated an overdose of bismuth or lithium can lead to brain damage, coma and death.

  • Calcium can be used to treat bismuth overdose

  • Magnesium can be used to treat lithium overdose.

Highest natural sources of bismuth

Highest natural sources of lithium in micrograms per kilogram

  • Milk 7533 µg

  • Eggs 7373 µg

  • Tomatoes 6707 µg

  • Mushrooms 5788 µg

  • Cucumbers 5017 µg

  • Pork 3844 µg

  • Black tea 3737 µg

  • Red cabbage 3579 µg

  • Cauliflower 3462 µg

  • Beef 3428 µg

  • Swede 2966 µg

  • Paprika 2316 µg

  • Poultry 2379 µg

  • Marjoram 2289 µg

  • Soft cheese 2276 µg

  • Asparagus 2217 µg

  • White cabbage 1874 µg

  • Herring 1734 µg

  • Cocoa 1728 µg

  • Potatoes 1592 µg

  • Apples 1449 µg

  • Rice 1260 µg

  • Butter 1070 µg

  • Cinnamon 1046 µg

  • Barley 995 µg

  • Wheat flour 905 µg

  • Lentils 748 µg

  • Semolina 538 µg

  • Honey 527 µg

  • Bananas 383 µg

  • Red wine 329 µg

  • White wine 305 µg

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