Heavy Metal Analysis of Inhabitants from City of the Seoul, Korea

서울지역 거주 성인 모발의 유해 중금속 함량 분석

  • Im, Eun-Jin (Department. of Beauty Art, Seokeong Univ.) ;
  • Ha, Byung-Jo (Department. of Dermatic Health Management, Eulji Univ.)
  • 임은진 (서경대학교 미용패션학부) ;
  • 하병조 (을지대학교 피부관리학과)
  • Published : 2009.03.30


Human hair is an excretory system for trace metals and thus metal content in human hair can reflect the body status. The investigation of trace elements in human hair has been correlated with the diagnosis of various diseases as well as the monitoring of deficiency statues in nutrition. Many chronic diseases may be related to mineral status, some may be related to toxic mineral. Hair samples were collected from 120 inhabitants of the city of Seoul, Korea. In this study the concentrations of 10 elements (Hg, Pb, Cd, Al, As, U, Bi, Sb, Ba, Be) in hair were determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS). The conclusions showed that people in Seoul, Korea were affected by some kinds of toxic minerals. The Hg concentrations of male are higher than those of female and reference range. The mean concentration of Sb was higher in the female than male and reference range. In age distribution, the mean concentration of Hg was in 40's are higher than 20's and 30's and reference range. The concentrations of Al were the highest in the 20's. After analyzing, we concluded that a compounded treatment should be conducted, which considers the variety of factors related to detoxification.


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