This website uses cookies

Cookies remember you so we can give you a better service online. By using this website or closing this message, you are agreeing to our Cookies noticeClose
Skip to content
« back to encyclopedia search results


A highly toxic element - as little as one-half to one ppm in water can be toxic - and once in the body, cadmium displaces zinc and accumulates in the kidneys, liver and blood vessels, probably for life.

Improperly disposed nickel-cadmium batteries are one way it reaches our water supply, corroded pipes, especially in soft-water areas (as this increases corrosion) is another.

It is also found in cigarette smoke - a 20-pack of cigarettes contains 20mg of cadmium, half of which is absorbed during smoking.

Cadmium is one of the major contributors to high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (the thickening of the walls of arteries), strokes and heart attacks - without doubt, cigarette smoking being the main link.

Nutritional protection can be provided - up to a point - by zinc, which replaces cadmium and by large doses of vitamin C.

Reviews / Comments

Not yet reviewed

Be the first to add a review