A new study says that, when you are in a condition known as aluminum epithermally allergy, it’s possible to detect it even if you don’t have a reaction to aluminum in your body.
Aluminum epoxide is the main ingredient in aluminum-containing products, including aluminum foil, aluminum baking soda, aluminum pans, aluminum cans, aluminum bowls, aluminum cups, aluminum containers, aluminum spray cans, and aluminum foil.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that the risk of aluminum-induced allergic reactions is greatest when aluminum exposure occurs at very high concentrations, such as from drinking aluminum-laced beverages or consuming aluminum-rich foods.
While there is no proven safe level of aluminum in the body, the FDA recommends avoiding aluminum-related food and beverage products that contain aluminum, including those made with aluminum, like aluminum foil and aluminum baking sponges.
According to the new study, which was published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy, which is published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the risk for aluminum-mediated allergic reactions decreases with age, when the body’s ability to detoxify aluminum from its body is lower.
“When we’re exposed to aluminum, it binds to a receptor in the central nervous system,” said Dr. Christopher D’Souza, a research professor of allergy medicine at the University of Washington and co-author of the study.
“So it binds at the surface of our skin, so it’s not an allergen that is present in the air.”
Aluminum, also known as aluminium sulfide, has been linked to allergies in humans for decades, but this study found that the body responds differently to aluminum-derived epoxide.
“Aluminum is one of the few proteins that are found in foods that have been exposed to high levels of aluminum,” D’Saia said.
“This study shows that even when people do not have symptoms of aluminum allergy, the aluminum is present.”
Researchers also found that aluminum-treated subjects in the study had lower concentrations of epoxide in their blood than untreated controls.
“We found that in the general population, there is an association between aluminum exposure and decreased epoxide,” Dusso said.
Although aluminum is considered an all-cause disease in humans, the actual incidence of aluminum allergies is not known.
Duszas study did find that aluminum allergy symptoms tended to be more severe in people who had taken corticosteroids for allergies, which can cause a condition called inflammatory bronchitis.
Dusso added that it’s important to be aware of aluminum and aluminum-allergic reactions, and that you should also avoid any foods that contain this ingredient.
“For me, the main thing is that I eat mostly natural foods,” Dausso said, “and I avoid foods that are high in aluminum.”