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What are the risks of taking cobalt?

The biggest risk when taking cobalt is the potential for poisoning. This results when you have too much cobalt in your body. It can take weeks or months for cobalt to build up to the point of being toxic. Symptoms of cobalt poisoning include: nausea, vomiting, pulmonary fibrosis, breathing difficulties, cardiomyopathy, nervous system problems, thyroid problems and blood thickening. If your skin comes in contact with cobalt, you may experience skin irritation. Cobalt has been classified as a possible carcinogenic in humans. Poisoning usually occurs from industrial sources instead of from food.

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