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Spaniards Have The Highest Mercury Level In Their Blood Spain, June 17, 13

A study conducted by Democophes showed Spanish women and children have the highest levels of mercury in their blood, higher than all other Europeans who were part of the investigation.

The average Spanish mother’s blood contains over six times more mercury than the European mean, based on the people tested in cooperating countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom). The participants were children from the ages of 6 to 11 and their mothers. Italy – also a country with a high per capita consumption of wild seafood was not part of the study.

Democophes reports that the reason for this abnormality is the amount of sea fish these women eat. Even though other Europeans also eat large amounts of fish, they eat less big predator fish, such as swordfish and yellowfin and Bluefin tuna. Sea fish at the top of the food chain get affected by mercury more than smaller fish, causing mainly Spaniards to experience an elevated level of mercury in their blood. Most of the mercury in top predator fish comes from natural causes, such as vents in the bottom of our oceans.

Portuguese women and children come a close second, with five times more than average.

Despite their higher levels of mercury, most southern Europeans don’t exceed the guidance value of 2.3 µg/g. The study shows 3.4% of European mothers and 1.4% of European children have mercury levels that are too high.

The report did not go into the consequences, if any, of this higher level of mercury for the populations.