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Interaction with Iron in Water?

Posted by Claudette (Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada) on 06/05/2006

wanted to learn more - very informative - we have well water and I found out that the iron in well water makes adding peroxide counterproductive. So I stopped using in baths and to my plants - would like to know more about this.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

It makes it worse as iron produces free radicals and peroxide also. But it is not counterproductive, since the real source of the problem is the iron.

Adding iron to the water will prevent iron from engaging in destructive behavior. Iron produces a free radical hydroxyl ions, while peroxide just produces a free radical oxygen ions. They are different. You need to use reverse osmosis water filter for any use, while adding the minerals on your own from other sources, such as humic or fulvic acids. Magnesium and calcium deficiency could be a problem when you use reverse osmosis water, so you have to get the plants and you magnesium added. Sometimes drinking a strong tea reduces iron's destructiveness, as tannic acid will prevent your body and plants of course from absorbing the unneeded iron.

One of the worst free radicals is in fact iron, but the other one that people don't know it is copper. You need to also check whether the well water is high in copper too. If either ones are high, then the chances are quite high from heart diseases and other diseases. Taking l-carnosine will reduce toxicity of copper. The easiest way to reduce whatever iron buildup you have is two ways, donate your blood and or take disodium EDTA (or magnesium EDTA) to remove the metals. But you will still need to take the mineral supplements alternative weekly with regular chelation.