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Quick Test Kit for Cadmium (Cd)

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This test kit measures levels of Cadmium in water, the body and a wide range of materials.

Suitable for: urine, water; to test the substances which are not in a solution, preparation can be made by converting them into solution for testing, this includes dust, dirt, paint, rice, milk, food, dishes, glasses

Tests the presence of ions of Cadmium to detect contamination in the body and on a wide range of materials in your environment. Tests are accurate for the purposes of self testing within limitations.

Cadmium levels in humans tend to increase with age, usually peaking at around age 50 and then levelling off. No cadmium tends to be present in newborns.

Cadmium is not very well absorbed, with a rate of about 20 percent, but this is still a higher rate than that of other minerals. Cadmium is not particularly well eliminated by the body, mainly through faeces and urine. This mineral is stored primarily in the liver and kidneys. Cadmium accumulation in the kidneys (with aging) may cause hypertension. Long term exposure to cadmium is associated with renal dysfunction. Cadmium is biopersistent and once absorbed remains resident for many years. High exposure can lead to obstructive lung diseases and has been linked to lung cancer. Cadmium may also cause bone defects in humans and animals.

The UK maximum contaminant level for Cadmium in tap water set by DWI/DEFRA is 5.0µg/l (0.005 mg/l).

Effects of Cadmium:

Cadmium has no known useful biological functions. Cadmium competes with zinc for binding sites and can therefore interfere with some of zinc's essential functions. In this way, it may inhibit enzyme reactions and utilisation of nutrients. Cadmium may be a catalyst to oxidation reactions, which can generate excessive free-radical activity leading tissue damage and health issues.

The late expert in trace and toxic elements, Henry Schroeder, M.D., described in detail cadmium's involvement in generating, or at least contributing to, high blood pressure. Cadmium concentrates in the kidney may cause kidney tissue damage and hypertension, as well as an increased incidence of calcium kidney stones. Some patients with high blood pressure may show elevated urine cadmium levels. The cadmium effect may also contribute to heart diseases as well. In rat studies, higher levels of cadmium are associated with an increase in heart size, higher blood pressure, progressive atherosclerosis, and reduced kidney function. Cadmium toxicity is worsened with zinc deficiency but it may be reduced with higher zinc intake.

Cadmium appears to depress some immune functions, mainly by reducing host resistance to bacteria and viruses. It may increase cancer risk, possibly for the lungs and prostate. Cadmium toxicity has been implicated in generating prostate enlargement, possibly by interfering with zinc support.

Cadmium may also affect the bones. It has been known to cause bone and joint aches and pains. This syndrome, first described in Japan, where it was termed the itai-itai ("ouch-ouch") disease, was caused by cadmium pollution there. It was also associated with weak bones that led to deformities, especially of the spine, or to more easily broken bones. This disease was fatal in many cases.

These cadmium toxicity problems, including its immunosuppressant actions and its role in cancer, hypertension, and heart and kidney disease, need to be substantiated by more research.

The Cadmium Test Kit contains an easy-to-read colourchart:



This test kit is a non-invasive urine testing kit. It is also suitable to test any other reasonably clear solutions where appropriate to do so. It is simple to use at home with full instructions given. It is recommended to read the instructions first before starting the test.

It is recommended to use saliva only if the user wishes to test for mercury or other metals that may be leaking from any amalgam dental fillings. Otherwise, to test for heavy metals in the body, the user should use urine as the sample solution to be tested.

Sensitivity: 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1.0 ppm (mg/l)

Contents: Each unit contains one test, including:

  • 1 Colour strip on box of the kit
  • 1 Test Instruction Sheet
  • 1 Large Test-tube
  • 1 vial with clear cap - Reagent 1
  • 1 vial with red cap - Reagent 2
  • 1 vial with yellow cap - Reagent 3

Storage: This test kit should be stored in a cool place , ideally 12°C to 20°C.

Related products: Heavy metals can be implicated in a range of acute and chronic conditions. Other individual tests available include aluminium, arsenic, chlorine, chrome, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, silver, tin, heavy metals. Please view the range on our website or contact us for further information.

Please note: that this is a screening test and can not be used to certify water as safe or unsafe for drinking. This test kit provides approximate results ONLY when used in strict accordance with instructions. SimplexHealth expressly disclaims any liability resulting from the use of this product, failure to follow instructions, or reliance of test results. Please keep out of reach of children and pets. Wash hands before and after use. The contents of the kit should not come in contact with food or consumables. Once the test has been completed, dispose of it responsibly.

Ref: OS-CAD Stock Status: 3 Units in Stock Manufactured by: Osumex

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