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How could organic arsenic in apple juice affect my health?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Arsenic is a heavy metal. It’s also a known human carcinogen, and chronic exposure is associated with an increased risk for several kinds of cancer, including bladder, kidney, lung, liver and colon. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neurological problems in children have also been linked to chronic arsenic exposure.

Inorganic arsenic is the most harmful kind, but organic arsenic can also be harmful. There are toxic forms of organic arsenic. Our understanding of organic arsenic is evolving. We are learning more about how organic arsenic is converted into the more toxic inorganic arsenic.

The FDA announced this summer that a company that makes chicken feed with organic arsenic was suspending sales because inorganic arsenic was turning up in the chicken. Now, we’re not chickens. But scientists say it's the wake-up call to do more studies on how the human body processes organic arsenic.

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