Cyanide compounds cause adverse health effects

Mar

14

2013

Cyanide compounds cause adverse health effects by preventing the cells, tissues, and organs of the body from getting oxygen. When this happens, these cells will die. Exposure to cyanide can especially affect those organs that consume large quantities of oxygen to function (such as the heart and the brain). Cyanide is a highly toxic compound that is readily absorbed and causes death, this toxicant is widespread in the environment.
Many naturally occurring substances as well as industrial products contain cyanide and More than 2,000 species of plants are known to contain cyanogenic glycosides.
Hydroxocobalamin (vitamin B12) has a high affinity for cyanide. It pulls the cyanide out of the mitochondria of the cell and combines with it to form cyanocobalamin, which is then excreted in the urine
REFERENCES:
Journal of Critical Care Nurse ,2011
African Journal of Biochemistry Research, 2010

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