Thursday, October 22, 2009

Super PoliGrip Now Contains Zinc Warning

Adhesive has been linked to poisoning

By Jon Hood,

The makers of Super PoliGrip have apparently caved to consumer pressure, adding a zinc-related warning to packages of the popular denture cream. The move by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) comes after dozens of lawsuits and a prominent medical article outlined the danger of zinc poisoning resulting from overuse of denture adhesives.

Zinc, a type of metal, is abundant in the earth's crust and is one of the most commonly found elements on the planet. Zinc is an essential human nutrient, and some amount is present in all foods. Indeed, a diet deficient in zinc can ultimately lead to nausea, an inhibited sense of taste, and decreased immune function.

That said, getting too much zinc is no picnic either. Excessive zinc intake over a long period of time can ultimately lead to anemia, pancreatic diseases, and decreased levels of HDL, also known as the "good cholesterol."

Read the entire article here.


Glennis said...

It does sound stupid to put Zinc into your mouth. Surely it can't be a necessary ingredient to a denture adhesive stuff.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Sandy, I really appreciated this info as my mom is a denture wearer and I've heard nothing about this. I'll check with her. Missing you and wondering how you are. I've been MIA myself and am back-tracking checking on my friends. Hope all is well with you......

Blessings Friend,


Erik said...

Thanks for the heads up on this one.