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Application Note: Analysis of Food and Agricultural Samples Using PlasmaQuant® MS
28 April 2017

Besides the organically bound elements: hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen, there are more than 30 dietary elements necessary for the correct functioning of living organisms.  For example, calcium is the main component of human bones and teeth and helps in clotting blood, and calcium deficiency can cause osteoporosis, metabolic disorder and other problems. However, there are not only nutritional elements necessary for life, but also toxic elements with adverse effects on organisms such as lead or mercury. This application note investigates the measurement of key elements in food and agricultural reference materials by ICP-MS, from trace to major levels within a single analysis.