What You Should Know About LED Lights and Your Health

By Linda Lizotte, R.D.

LED lights are taking over. They are cheap. They last forever. This is good right? Personally, I prefer to have a choice because I am not a fan of TOXIC metal exposure. These lights, soon to be the only lights available, may be contributing to humans not living as long as they would like.

What do I mean? A study was just published that found prolonged exposure to these lights are very damaging to our eyes: rods, cones, and retina via increased levels of free radicals called ROS (reactive oxygen species). This may increase the risk of developing macular degeneration. Tissues become more susceptible to ROS damage as we age.

These highly touted light bulbs are also known to contain substantial amounts of toxic metals including aluminum, copper, gold, lead, and silver.

Try not to turn on many lights at night because another study showed these lights suppress melatonin production that is needed to help us wind down and feel sleepy. Disruption of the body's circadian rhythm, an important function of melatonin, is associated with increased incidence of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cognitive impairment, premature aging and some types of cancer.

Remember when there was a concern with BREAKING incandescent bulbs? The dangerous mercury fumes of broken compact fluorescent light bulbs scared many consumers away from these corkscrew-shaped bulbs. What happens if consumers break an LED bulb? Those in the room are exposed to lead and aluminum.
AMG Naturally is dedicated to education and keeping people informed because we all want to Age More Gracefully.

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