As my friend has just finished his January health detox diet (link to webmd site) apparently feeling much the better for it and I was wondering about the real science behind it. During some simple web searching I became distracted by some fascinating products for performing a heavy metals detox and I will be honest I had never heard of this; but, having a keen interest in trace metal analysis I dug deeper.
Apparently, there are numerous products and treatments on the market (which I am not going to endorse here as I personally do not have evidence of their effectiveness) but what I did find was a super peer-reviewed article titled, Chelation: Harnessing and Enhancing Heavy Metal Detoxification—A Review (link to article) and, as a scientist, I found the detail well written and extremely detailed throughout its discussion of toxic and essential metals that are of public interest.
And, now turning to the other side of the coin, namely the analysis of heavy metals in food, I would like to direct your attention to an excellent downloadable notebook, titled, Food Safety Application Notes for Trace Elemental Analysis (link to download). I believe this comprehensive flipbook will be a great resource for any food safety laboratory as it contains complete methods for all the hot topic metals including arsenic speciation by IC-ICP-MS which I have blogged about before (link to previous blog post).
Do check out our online Food Community which is a wonderful resource that is totally dedicated to our Food and Beverage customers and features the latest on-demand webinars, videos, application notes, and more.
Is heavy metal analysis and/or speciation of interest to your laboratory? If so I would like to hear your thoughts and experiences.