The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) incited public hysteria in 2018 when they said that Kratom contained high concentrations of heavy metals, specifically Lead and Nickel. What the FDA intentionally didn’t measure however is that all plant-based foods, and in-fact practically all foods, contain heavy metals since heavy metals naturally occur in all of the soil on Earth. Indeed, tea, chocolate, tomatoes, and cabbages often contain higher heavy metal concentrations than Kratom, as will be proven below.
First off, heavy metals are ubiquitous in Earth’s soil. A study which aggregated agricultural and homeowner soil tests found that soil typically contains 150 ng/g of Nickel, and sometimes as high as 1,200 ng/g, and soil typically contains 350 ng/g of Lead and sometimes as high as 18,000 ng/g of lead.
In-fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not require that soil be cleaned up unless it contains higher than 1,600,000 ng/g of Nickel or 400,000 ng/g of Lead.
Due to the natural presence of heavy metals in soil, all plants contain heavy metals, including all vegetables and fruits. Further, all animals which eat plants naturally contain heavy metals, so heavy metals are basically in every type of food imaginable.
Indeed, a scientific study found that Tomatoes contain 3,630 ng/g of Lead and 1,860 ng/g of Nickel, while Cabbages contained 7,560 ng/g of Lead and 4,130 ng/g of Nickel.
Further, a scientific study found that tea leaves from China contained 560-1,265 ng/g of Lead and 3,430-14,200 ng/g of Nickel. Chocolate bars contain similar amounts, with 1,920 ng/g of Lead being found in chocolate bars in India on average.
Back to Kratom, the FDA released lab results of heavy metal concentrations for numerous Kratom products, and found that Lead concentrations in Kratom were as low as 252 ng/g, almost all Kratom products had Lead concentrations well below 1,000 ng/g, and there was one anomalously high Kratom sample which had 2,700 ng/g of Lead.
Based on that data, Kratom has similar concentrations of Lead as tea leaves, if not usually less, and even the anomalously high sample had less heavy metals than tomatoes and cabbages.
As for Nickel, the FDA found that levels ranged from 576 ng/g to 10,000 ng/g in Kratom samples, with a few anomalously high samples having 20,000-29,000 ng/g of Nickel. Essentially, this data shows that Kratom has similar Nickel concentrations to tea leaves.
Further, unlike Lead, Nickel is actually an essential nutrient which is vital for metabolism.
Thus, the FDA was not honest with the American public when they created a hysteria about heavy metal concentrations in Kratom. The FDA obviously knows that heavy metals are ubiquitous in all plant-based foods, and that the levels of heavy metals in Kratom are in the normal range for basically any plant that grows on this Earth.
Therefore, if you are a Kratom user, you shouldn’t worry about heavy metal concentrations in your Kratom. Literally, anytime you eat a plant, or any food, there are natural levels of heavy metals, and apparently it’s not been a problem for humanity since the beginning of time since plants are actually considered the healthiest food.