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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66-68

Measurement of some radiologically and nutritionally important trace elements in human milk and commercially available milk


Internal Dosimetry Section, Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay, India

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Suma Nair
Internal Dosimetry Section, Health Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay
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Milk is considered to be a complete food and an almost indispensable part of the diets of infants and children. In this paper we present the concentration of some radiologically and nutritionally important trace elements such as Th, Cs, Co, Rb, Fe, Ca and Zn present in human milk and commercially available milk. The trace elements in human and other milk samples were determined using instrumental neutron activation analysis technique. The results show that higher concentrations of Th, Cs, Ca and Rb were found in ordinary milk samples in comparison with the human milk samples. Whereas, a higher concentrations of Fe and Co were observed in human milk samples. These data will be useful for the nutritional and biokinetic studies of these elements in infants and children of different age groups.


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