Nanotechnology And Health



Without knowing the full consequences of how health will be affected, scientists are attempting to use nanotechology to produce new ways of administering vitamins and minerals.

Nanotechnology is the process of grinding down a substance to the thickness of 1/100,000 of the thickness of a sheet of paper.

Curcumin is one nutrient currently under nanotechnology experimentation because of it's benefits for reducing cholesterol levels, improving cardiovascular health, fighting cancer, and preventing Alzheimer's Disease.

Scientists do not know how the extremely small particle of a nutrient will react within the human body. Research shows that nanoparticles of harmless substances can become extremely dangerous. Small particles of materials, such as gold, react adversely with other materials that they would not react with when in a larger, natural state.

A spokesperson for the Resources for the Future, an economics think-tank based in Washington, DC, expresses concern that no one fully understands how nanotechnolgy will be controlled because there is no way to monitor the nanoparticles.

Until a full understanding of the safety of nanoparticles is grasped, consumers should maintain good health with natural foods and supplements as they are currently available.

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