Direct and indirect neurotoxic potential of metal/metalloids in plants and fungi used for food, dietary supplements, and herbal medicine

Peter S. Spencer, Valerie S. Palmer

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Abstract

Plants and mushrooms bioconcentrate metals/metalloids from soil and water such that high levels of potentially neurotoxic elements can occur in cultivated and wild species used for food. While the health effects of excessive exposure to metals/metalloids with neurotoxic potential are well established, overt neurological disease from prolonged ingestion of contaminated botanicals has not been recognized. However, the presence of metal elements may affect levels of botanical neurotoxins in certain plants and mushrooms that are established causes of acute and chronic neurological disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number57
JournalToxics
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Cassava
  • Grasspea
  • Heavy metals
  • Morels
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Soil and water pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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