1 Eating more seafood can damage immunity
eating more seafood can damage immunity
a new study found that eating mercury in the body through eating seafood may increase the risk of autoimmune diseases, and women of childbearing age are more at risk. In the new study
, we analyzed the data of female participants aged 16-49 in the national health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) from 1999 to 2004. The results showed that mercury exposure was a major risk factor for autoimmune diseases. The more mercury exposure, the more autoantibodies, the greater the risk of autoimmune diseases.
found that swordfish, mackerel and tilapia had the highest mercury content, while shrimp, canned light tuna and salmon had relatively low mercury content. Seafood is rich in a variety of key nutrients, with a variety of health effects. However, in order to prevent autoimmune diseases, women of childbearing age had better choose seafood with low mercury content.
experts said that autoimmune diseases can cause the human immune system to mistakenly attack healthy cells, with more female patients than male patients. Such diseases include: inflammatory bowel and lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Autoimmune disease is one of the top 10 causes of death in women. The analysis of environmental factors is helpful to better understand the etiology of autoimmune diseases, and to better symptomatic treatment.