Does organic apple juice contain less arsenic than non-organic juice?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
None of the organic apple juices we tested came back with arsenic levels higher than the safe limit as determined by the FDA.

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Bryce B. Wylde
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
The current Oz vs. FDA debate is really about organic vs. inorganic arsenic -- where it is the inorganic arsenic that our body has a far worse time coping with.

Arsenic is naturally present in water, air, food and soil in small amounts and organic arsenic -- the kind the FDA said is in apple juices -- passes through the body quickly and supposedly isn’t harmful. Arsenic can also accumulate in fish (and in some fish oil). The jury is still out on whether or not there is too much in apple juice. But, many interpret the word "organic" as "harmless" or "natural." It is not so cut and dry. Organic arsenic may be easier to manage, but still likely poses a threat when consumed in high amounts over time. Organic arsenic is not as safe as authorities believe.

We can distinguish long-term low level exposure from acute by the symptoms they cause. Long-term low level exposure may cause skin, lung, urinary bladder and kidney cancer as well as wart-like skin growths that have the potential of becoming cancerous.

It is important to note that Arsenicum album (white arsenic) is also a homeopathic remedy prepared from arsenic trioxide powder (As2O3) mixed with lactose and then diluted to a ultra-low concentration and no longer toxic. This is NOT the same as the arsenic found in apple juice. Homeopathic Arsenicum has been studied and used to treat asthma, inflamed eyes that water and sting, headaches with vomiting and dizziness, and mouth ulcers, treatment of anxiety and even suspected chronic arsenic poisoning.

We know from recent studies that arsenic acts by creating "superoxide" in cells, a very unstable free radical species that rapidly converts into hydrogen peroxide by enzymes in the cells. This creates mutations in the cell and are a key step in cancer development. Some recent evidence suggests that environmental carcinogens -- such as low level chronic arsenic exposure -- acts predominantly through a free radical pathway. The good news is that these vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can help:
  • Folic acid
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Spirulina
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Green tea (polyphenols)
Speak to your health care provider before starting any new supplement routine.

Get tested! If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to higher than acceptable arsenic levels, consider getting tested by having your doctor submit samples to any/all of these labs:

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