fluorine. Important trace mineral often confused with the
is a trace element that is found in a great variety of foods,
in VERY small amounts. This type of organic fluorine should
not be confused with the ionic form fluoride, which is
a poison and is considered separately.
form of fluorine is closely involved with calcium and molybdenum
in the formation of calcium fluorapatite, which contributes
to healthy teeth and bones. this form of fluorine is present
in tiny amounts in most foods, but is particularly abundant
in seafoods, kelp and tea.
this use of organic fluorine has led the the acceptance
of the use of fluoride in water and toothpastes. fluoride
is a poison that does not contribute to bone and tooth
health and causes flurosis (fluoride poisoning) in even
very small doses (mc uh smaller than is present
in many waters and toothpastes). See fluoride for
Functions of fluorine in the body
- Part of calcium fluorapatite (teeth and bones)
- May help prevent heart disease
- May help prevent / treat osteoporosis (but NOT as fluoride)
fluorine deficiency is highly unlikely and it is much more
likely that flurosis (fluoride poisoning)
is a major problem. Organic fluorine is normally
bound to proteins and is poorly absorbed by the body.
fluoride, on the other hand, is completely and rapidly
absorbed through the stomach, quickly
reaching toxic levels.
of fluorine deficiency
with other minerals and vitamins
Forms calcium fluoropatite (tooth and bone structure) with
calcium, aided by molybdenum
Normal amounts of fluorine in the diet
is no safe daily dose of fluoride. Organic
fluorine, due to its presence in soil, water, plants
as a trace element, but supplementation is not necessary.
Sources of dietary fluorine
Mussels and other shellfish
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