Alarming Amounts of Tungsten Discovered in Organic Protein Products
Raw organic vegan and vegetarian supplements may not be as nutritious as initially supposed. Studies conducted by NaturalNews.com and the non-profit organization known as the Consumer Wellness Center have confirmed abnormally high levels of tungsten, lead and cadmium in vegan and vegetarian protein supplements. The experiment focused on brown rice protein supplements. The results revealed concentrations of tungsten that exceeded 10,000 ppb, over 500 ppb of lead and over 1800 ppb of cadmium in one lot of brown rice protein. Mike Adams, editor of NaturalNews.com and the lead researcher for the study stated that “These proteins contain the highest concentration of tungsten, lead and cadmium that we’ve ever found in any edible product, across all categories.”  Currently, there are no regulations instituted by the USDA to monitor the concentration of heavy metals in produce.
The Dangers of Tungsten
Although little is known about the adverse health effects of tungsten, it has been identified as a toxic substance and is becoming more prevalent in our lives. Tungsten is being mined at an increasing rate due to its regular usage in touchscreen technologies . Scientists may not know all the potential dangers of this emerging metal, but one study published on November 11, 2013 in the journal PloS ONE has found a positive correlation between the amount of tungsten in the body and the risk of having a stroke . The run-off from tungsten mines has been entering streams and rivers and potentially contaminating soil and water. The study conducted by NaturalNews.com and the Consumer Wellness Center focused on rice, a plant which needs large amounts of water in order to grow.
An Agreement to Monitor Heavy Metals
After being prompted by the startling findings of NaturalNews.com, an industry agreement was made, which limits the presence of heavy metals in raw vegan and vegetarian protein supplements . Boku Superfood was the first corporation to sign the agreement, and Garden Life and Sunwarrior followed soon after. This agreement is self-regulated without government intervention.
New concentration levels deemed safe by the agreement:
Lead limit: 250 ppb
Tungsten limit: 50 ppb
Cadmium limit: 1000 ppb
Mercury limit: 50 ppb
Mike Adams now seeks the cooperation of companies such as VEGA, Jarrow Formulas, Nutribiotic, Living Fuel, Nutribody Protein, Ultimate Superfood and Healthforce Warrior Food. The corporations involved in the pact have agreed to limit their concentration levels by July 15, 2015.