A fresh report made by a Nigerian medical practitioner reveals some species of fish are injurious to human health.
A medical practitioner, Dr Arikawe Adeolu, on Friday warned the public against consumption of fishes with high mercury content, saying it can cause neurological damage to the body.
Adeolu, who works with the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
According to him, consuming fish with high mercury content puts the individual at risk of having mercury toxicity, which causes some form of neurological damage.
The doctor said that Shark, Angler Fish, Tuna and the Whale were fishes with very high mercury content.
“Fishes low in mercury content are Tilapia, Sardine, Catfish, Croaker Fish, Salmon and Shrimps, saying that they were relatively safe for consumption,’’ he said.
The expert described mercury as a heavy metal known to be toxic to the human body when consumed, even in small amounts.
He said that excessive exposure to mercury would affect cells of the central nervous system with a risk of neurological deficit in an individual.
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