Does Using Aluminum Cookware Increase the Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s Association: During the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum emerged as a possible suspect in Alzheimer’s. This suspicion led to concern about exposure to aluminum through everyday sources such as pots and pans, beverage cans, antacids and antiperspirants. Since then, studies have failed to confirm any role for aluminum in causing Alzheimer’s.


Dr. Allen: Aluminum is the 3rd most abundant chemical on the earth.  We are constantly exposed to low levels of aluminum in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the plants we eat.  There has been concern that aluminum contributes to Alzheimer’s, but the studies conducted have provided conflicting results – meaning the jury is still out. However, aluminum is toxic at high levels, so it is good to limit your exposure where you can, But, to put it in perspective, the CDC notes that total daily exposure to aluminum from all food sources is still 10 – 20 times lower than the amount of aluminum in one antacid tablet. 


Source(s): Alzheimer’s association “Alzheimer Myths”


Karin E. Allen, Ph.D., Utah State University, Dept. of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences



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