Tell me about the mycotoxin Fumonisin B1
Fumonisin B1 is a type of mycotoxin produced by certain fungi, such as Fusarium verticillioides and Fusarium proliferatum, which can grow on crops such as corn and maize. Fumonisins are toxic secondary metabolites that can have harmful effects on human and animal health.
It is also a mold found in water damaged buildings and can contribute to serious health issues to those in the home.
How does Fumonisin B1 affect the body?
When consumed in high levels, Fumonisin B1 can have toxic effects on the body, including:
- Liver and kidney toxicity: It can cause liver and kidney damage, indicated by elevated levels of liver enzymes and creatinine.
- Neural tube defects: Fumonisin B1 has been linked to an increased risk of neural tube defects in fetuses when consumed by pregnant women.
- Cardiovascular effects: It can cause changes in lipid metabolism, leading to an increased risk of heart disease.
- Immune system suppression: It can suppress the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to infections.
- Gastrointestinal symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
- Nervous system effects: tremors, ataxia (uncoordinated movements), and seizures.
- Respiratory effects: pulmonary edema (fluid accumulation in the lungs) in swine.
Dermal effects: skin irritation and itching.
Cancer: Some studies have suggested a link between high levels of Fumonisin B1 and an increased risk of certain types of cancer, such as esophageal cancer.
Can Fumonisin B1 come from water damaged buildings?
Yes, Fumonisin B1 can come from water-damaged buildings. Fungi that produce Fumonisin B1, such as Fusarium verticillioides and Fusarium proliferatum, can grow in damp and water-damaged environments, including buildings. The growth of these fungi can lead to the production of Fumonisin B1, which can then become airborne and spread through the building, posing a potential health risk to those who are exposed.
It is important to take steps to prevent water damage in buildings, as well as to address any water damage that does occur promptly, in order to reduce the risk of exposure to Fumonisin B1 and other potentially harmful mycotoxins. This can include proper ventilation and moisture control, regular cleaning and maintenance, and prompt repairs of any water damage.
How do I detox Fumonisin B1 from my body?
Detoxing mycotoxins (and accompanying mold colonization) is a multi-layered process. If you need guidance, contact Matt about a consultation.
Some steps are:
- Avoid mold and mycotoxins in your food
- Address and prevent mold in your home
- Bind mycotoxins within your body
- Support your liver and kidneys
- Poop at least two times per day
- Use the sauna to mobilize toxins (bind before/during/after)
- Work on your gut health
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