This is a follow up to my post “Aluminum as a causal factor of Alzheimer’s”
I haven't seen a post on this site about sources of aluminum so I thought this might be helpful to people.
It is estimated that 4% of the aluminum you ingest today will still be in your body 50 years later. This is a reason why aging is considered a risk factor for Alzheimer’s - we have had many more years to accumulate aluminum in our brain and bodies.
After I learned about the link between Aluminum and Alzheimer’s I decided to take action to reduce my aluminum intake. I started drinking silica water as it is the most effective way of eliminating aluminum but I wanted to also reduce my aluminum intake. I have been shocked at how many sources of aluminum there are in our daily lives. I have made a list of sources of aluminum and words to look for on product labels. I will put the link to this sheet at the bottom of my post.
Pots and pans, deodorant, and baking powder have been in the media as being sources of aluminum. However there are many other sources of aluminum most people may not be aware of, I wasn’t. The source that shocked me the most was drinking water. If the drinking water source is from surface water Alum which is an aluminum salt is sometimes used to coagulate the solids. Yes there is a “safe level” guideline of aluminum in drinking water however Aluminum is listed as a secondary standard and doesn’t need to be reported on water quality reports. The EPA does not enforce these secondary maximum contaminant levels. I live in Massachusetts and 119 communities use Alum to treat the drinking water. There are safer chemicals such as ferric sulfate which can be used to coagulate out solids. A student in Florida did calculations and found this was less expensive alum. Cement lined pipes or cement storage facilities leach aluminum. My drinking water is not treated with water but it does contain aluminum because of cement.
Over the past few years I have been compiling a list of foods, pharmaceuticals, etc. which contain aluminum and have been trying to find safer alternatives. I am now making my own baking powder with cream of tartar. My husband did an analysis of a few brands of “aluminum free” baking powder and they had aluminum (most likely a result of a contaminant in one of the ingredients).
If you have any other products which should be listed or if you have found a safe alternative I haven’t listed please let me know.
I started slow and looked at my daily sources of aluminum. The first changes I made were filtering my drinking water, making my own baking powder (I love to bake), and replacing a few pots, pans, baking sheets. One of the products I was really upset about was Bisquick. The leaving agent contained aluminum. I grew up eating strawberry shortcake made with Bisquick and couldn’t imagine eating anything else.
Regarding baking powder I have unknowingly been preparing pumpkin muffins with 20 mg of aluminum per muffin. My delicious pumpkin muffin when made with baking powder containing aluminum has 200 times higher aluminum levels than the safe aluminum level in a quart of drinking water. A little bit of aluminum every day can lead to a large amount of accumulated aluminum in the brain.
Reduce your daily intake of Aluminum
List of sources of aluminum
Aluminum Cookware - Pots, baking pans, cookie sheets, dutch ovens, calderos
Safer Alternative – Stainless Steel, cast iron, porcelain, ceramic
Aluminum Foil – Safer Alternatives for cooking, use nonstick aluminum foil or parchment paper
For storage - plastic wrap between food and aluminum foil
Drinking Water – Aluminum in drinking water comes from alum which is used to purify
drinking water and cement lined drinking water pipes which leach aluminum.
Use pitcher style Brita Water filter to remove aluminum and keep silica in the water.
BEWARE: Some water filters add aluminum to the water.
Baking Powder – even aluminum free baking powder contains some aluminum
Safer alternative – make you own – recipe: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon corn starch (so it doesn’t cake)
Coffee/Tea Maker –the heating element in which the water is heated is usually made of aluminum
Coffee makers which have a stainless steel tube connected to the heating element
Drip Style : Krups Mocha brew, Jura Copresso MG 900, Bunn Velocity Brew, Keurig
Percolator: Faberware FCP 240-A (small), Faberware FCP 412 (large)
Alum – check your spice cabinet
Food – Products that contain baking powder (some baking powders contain Aluminum):
Pancakes, Frozen pancakes, pancake mixes, waffles, donuts, muffins, cupcakes, cakes, biscuits,
scones, corn bread, brownies, baked fruit and vegetable breads
Candy – Jelly beans, M&M’s, skittles – the dyes contain Aluminum Lake
Shredded Cheese and Salt – Alum (aluminum sulfate) or aluminum silicate are used as anticaking agents
Pickles – Alum (aluminum sulfate)
Antiperspirant - Most contain Aluminum, sometimes listed as Alum
Safer alternatives Arm and Hammer Essentials, Schimdts (there is a stick for sensitive skin which has no baking soda - baking soda causes skin irritation in some people)
Antacids most contain Aluminum Hydroxide
Safer alternative those that contain sodium carbonate
Pharmaceuticals -Prescription /over the counter
aluminum is used as a colorant, anticaking agent and astringent
Canker sore powder -Alum (aluminum sulfate)
Levothyroxine (Thyroid medication) – aluminum lake – Safer alternative 50 mcg is the only dosage that doesn’t contain aluminum lake
Domeboro – astringent– aluminum sulfate tetradecahydrate -Safer alternative – Epsom salts
Mutivitamins – colorant
Musinex 12 Hour – yellow # 10 aluminum lake
Citrucel caplets - FD&C Yellow 6 Aluminum Lake
Bayer Low dose aspirin safety coated - D&C Yellow #10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake Safer atlternative Walgreens Low Dose Dye-free Asprin 81 mg
Centrum Multivitamins – sodium aluminum silicate (SAS) is present in some of the Centrum multivitamins
Suntan lotion – aluminum oxide
Styptic Pencil – Alum (aluminum sulfate)
Lipstick – aluminum lake as a colorant
Look for and avoid these ingredients on food labels
Alum (aluminum sulfate), aluminum ammonium sulfate, aluminum calcium silicate, aluminum nicotinate, aluminum potassium sulfate, aluminum sodium sulfate, aluminum stearate, sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium aluminum silicate, aluminum lake (aluminum hydroxide or aluminum oxide (alumina))
Artificial Food Colorants – containing Aluminum Lake
Safer Alternative – Natural Food Colorants – Color Kitchen makes good colorants for frosting
"True prevention is only possible by first discovering the cause of a disease such as Alzheimer's."
Dennis N Crouse