fluoride mack

vitamin: any of a group of organic compounds that are essential for normal growth and nutrition and are required in small quantities in the diet because they cannot be synthesized by the body. www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10736

mineral: a solid inorganic substance of natural occurrence. a substance obtained by mining. an inorganic substance needed by the human body for good health. www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10736

water-soluble: Able to dissolve in water www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10736

fat-soluble: Soluble in oils or fats www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10736

fluoride:

Function: Small amounts of fluoride help reduce tooth decay. Adding fluoride to tap water (called fluoridation) helps reduce cavities in children by more than half. Fluorides also help maintain bone structure. Low doses of fluoride salts may be used to treat conditions that cause faster-than-normal bone loss, such as menopause. www.nytimes.com/health/guides/nutrition/fluoride-in-diet/overview.html

what foods are good sources: As a result of fluoride pesticide use, some food products–particularly grape products, dried fruit, dried beans, cocoa powder, and walnuts–have high levels of fluoride. fluoridealert.org/issues/sources/

daily needs: When considering water fluoridation, an individual must consume one liter of water fluoridated at 1 part per million (1 ppm) to receive 1 milligram (1 mg) of fluoride. Children under six years of age, on average, consume less than one-half liter of drinking water a day. www.fluoridedebate.com/question16.html

what happens if you contain too much: Fluoride is toxic when consumed in excessive amounts. Large doses consumed at one time could result in nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrient_library/fluoride

what happens if you contain too little: inadequate fluoride intakes result in an increased risk of tooth decay. Symptoms may include visible pits or holes on the teeth and toothaches. Infants and children who live in areas with nonfluoridated water may be at risk for fluoride deficiency. www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrient_library/fluoride

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