Based on experiments outside the body (in vitro), some researchers thought they had found evidence that tea (green and black), and coffee actually hinder the bioaccessibility of mercury in a person’s body (after eating fish, etc.). In reality, the opposite was found to be the case!
Mercury levels accumulate in the body, eventually harming the brain, kidneys, etc. As toxic levels arise in the body, they result in anemia, mood swings, irritability, nervousness, paranoia, depression, loss of memory, anxiety, headaches, muscle twitching, tremors, weakness, numbness, impaired motor skills, foggy thinking, insomnia, infertility, nerve damage, cognitive decline, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, skin rashes, etc!
Mercury toxicity can occur from eating fish and shellfish, dental amalgams, vaccines containing thimerosal, broken fluorescent light bulbs and thermometers, air pollution from factories, some imported jewelry, pesticides, disinfectants, some rice and mushrooms, etc. In fact, mercury may be lurking in many processed foods, sodas, etc:
“Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury… Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies… In the first study, published in current issue of Environmental Health, researchers found detectable levels of mercury in nine of 20 samples of commercial HFCS. And in the second study, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), a non-profit watchdog group, found that nearly one in three of 55 brand-name foods contained mercury. The chemical was found most commonly in HFCS-containing dairy products, dressings and condiments…”
(HealthDay News, 2009)
What is worse is that so many people that are experiencing some of the effects of mercury toxicity rising in their bodies, will often be led to take harsh pharmaceutical drugs with dangerous side effects. Others will turn to popular drugs such as caffeine in an attempt to gain clarity or energy, or relieve the depression, nervousness, etc., they are experiencing from mercury. Yet, research demonstrates that tea and coffee will only make the “mercury rise” in their bodies!
Tea and coffee are known to bind with heavy metals like iron. This can cause tea and coffee drinkers to experience anemia or thyroid issues. And tea is known to have high fluoride levels!
Researchers expected tea, etc., to hinder the bioaccessibility of mercury when drank with a fish meal. This was even reported as good news on some health sites. However, further research demonstrated that that tea significantly INCREASED the levels of mercury in the body, ingested from fish!:
“Tea has been shown to affect the bioavailability of metals. It has been associated with iron deficiency in humans…and has been shown in a human clinical study to lower nonheme iron absorption...One human clinical study…showed a decrease in iron, zinc, and magnesium with green tea treatment. It is therefore possible that green tea might decrease mercury absorption by a similar mechanism. In in vitro digestion studies by He and Wang…green tea has been shown to decrease the bioaccessibility of mercury from fish. Previous in vitro studies in our lab have demonstrated that both green and black tea decrease the bioaccessibility of methylmercury from fish…These results lead to the hypothesis that green tea would also reduce the bioavailability of methylmercury in vivo…Previous studies have shown that green tea can affect the body’s mineral status. In a human study designed to study the effect of green tea on obesity it was found that 3 months of green tea supplementation significantly decrease serum iron levels...The rat has been validated as a model for mercury toxicokinetic studies...Contrary to our hypothesis that green tea would reduce the bioavailability of mercury from fish, it significantly increased it...The result was not due to the small amount of mercury in the tea...Canuel et al...also found in a 3-day human study that consumption of tea with a fish meal resulted in 40% higher blood mercury levels than consumption of fish meals without tea..."
(BioMed Research International, Volume 2015)
It is reasonable to conclude that the same thing is true of coffee, since it showed the same results as tea in the in vitro studies. And what tea does to a fish meal, it will logically do to other sources of mercury ingested into the body! Therefore, people who are drinking tea and coffee, and already have an unhealthy diet, are compounding their problems, as iron inhibition, thyroid inhibition, and increased mercury levels take a toll on their body, nerves, emotions, and mental function. Let us not be as the children of fools mentioned in the Book of Job, who regularly ate juniper roots (a stimulant!) instead of healthy foods (Job 30:4). Let us, with the Apostle Paul, not be under the power of anything!