Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of mercury toxicity?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: David A Olson, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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Seafood rich in organic mercury should of course be avoided. Predators such as sharks and tuna typically have increased mercury concentrations compared with herbivorous fishes.

In some studies, the levels of mercury in shark, swordfish, and large tuna steaks exceeded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety limit of 1 part per million. However, most other fish sold in the United States have clearly lower levels of approximately 0.3 part per million.


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