Cadmium Toxicity Decreased by Dietary Ascorbic Acid Supplements

Science  04 Sep 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3949, pp. 989-991
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3949.989


Feeding the environmental toxicant cadmium to young Japanese quail for 4 weeks produced growth retardation, severe anemia, low concentrations of iron in the liver, and high concentrations of cadmium in the liver. Dietary ascorbic acid supplements almost completely prevented the anemia and improved the growth rate but did not markedly alter concentrations of iron or cadmium in the liver.