210Po in popular medicinal herbs from Poland

Alicja Boryło , Grzegorz Romańczyk , Marcin Kaczor , Bogdan Skwarzec

Abstract

Herbs are an important part of traditional medicine in Poland. Therefore, the aim of this study was the determination of polonium 210Po in 48 selected medicinal herb samples from the Polish market. The activity concentrations of 210Po were measured using alpha spectrometry. The activity concentration of 210Po was in the range from 0.3 ± 0.1 to 28.2 ± 0.4 Bq kg–1. The obtained results were compared with corresponding studies conducted worldwide. A higher 210Po activity concentration was observed in the above-ground part of plants. The obtained results show that the highest 210Po activity concentration was observed in evergreen plants and winter-hardy plants. Yet even infusions with 2 g of the most contaminated herbs examined were considered to be radiologically safe.
Author Alicja Boryło (FCh/DEChR/LEAR)
Alicja Boryło,,
- Laboratory of Environmental Analystics and Radiochemistry
, Grzegorz Romańczyk (FCh/DEChR/LEAR)
Grzegorz Romańczyk,,
- Laboratory of Environmental Analystics and Radiochemistry
, Marcin Kaczor (FCh/DEChR/LEAR)
Marcin Kaczor,,
- Laboratory of Environmental Analystics and Radiochemistry
, Bogdan Skwarzec (FCh/DEChR/LEAR)
Bogdan Skwarzec,,
- Laboratory of Environmental Analystics and Radiochemistry
Journal seriesIsotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, ISSN 1025-6016, e-ISSN 1477-2639, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Vol55
No3
Pages308-316
Publication size in sheets0.50
Keywords in EnglishEvergreen plants, medicinal herbs, natural radioactivity, Poland, polonium-210
ASJC Classification1604 Inorganic Chemistry; 2300 General Environmental Science; 2304 Environmental Chemistry
DOIDOI:10.1080/10256016.2019.1609960
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0.000; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.804; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.367 (2) - 2018=1.509 (5)
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