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Why cooking utensils and tap water could be damaging your brain

Although nobody knows the exact cause of Alzheimer's disease, scientists have found that many Alzheimer's patients have excessive amounts of aluminium in their brains. It's now becoming more widely accepted that aluminium may play a major role in the development of the disease.
 
Aluminium cookware was thought to be the source of this aluminium build-up. However, the puzzle for scientists was how the aluminium got into the brain, as aluminium is unable to cross your blood-brain barrier…
 
The answer, it seems, may lie in tap water…
 
When you go to the kitchen and pour yourself a glass of tap water, do you congratulate yourself for not giving in to the temptation of the carbonated or caffeine-filled drinks you're trying to avoid?  After all, we're always being advised to drink more water because it's good for us, aren't we?
 
Well, recent research warns that drinking the water that comes out of your tap may potentially damage your brain.
 
Adding fluoride to the drinking water supply has been popular in the US and is increasing here in South Africa. It's now thought that aluminium contained in cookware may be released in the presence of fluoridated water.
 
Research has shown that boiling fluoridated tap water in an aluminium pan means the water absorbs almost 200 parts per million (ppm) of aluminium and up to 600ppm with prolonged boiling. This didn't happen when non-fluoridated water was boiled in aluminium pans.
 
The significance of this is that aluminium fluoride, a compound made from fluoride in water and the aluminium in pans, does pass the blood-brain barrier, which was previously believed to be impossible.
 
Laboratory tests conducted by Dr Julie Varner and her team at the Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Centre at Duke University in North Carolina have confirmed this.
 
Their research suggests that the action of aluminium and fluoride in water can result in Alzheimer's and kidney damage.

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