Natural occurrence of gold in the human body (you didn’t know this!)

Natural occurrence of gold in the human body

Human blood. The image is captured via scanning electron microscope.. Meaning? This is how blood looks like in reality!

You might be surprised to learn that gold in the human body exists naturally. Right from the moment of birth.

I mentioned this in the fun facts about gold. The amount is very tiny though.

For example, a 70-kg person has about 0.2 mg of gold, which is equivalent to 0.000000003% of their body weight. If you do the math, 5000 humans, in total, have about 1 g of gold. Not a lot.

Like majority of other trace elements, most of this gold is found in your blood. More than anywhere else though, it is concentrated in the regions around your heart.

Gold specks in your body are not there by coincidence. They have a purpose. Specifically, they are responsible for transduction of electrical signals across your organs, muscles and other tissues. Plus they maintain and keep your joints strong and flexible.

On the interesting note, the same-weighting human has 10 times as more silver in his body. Yeah, silver is floating inside you as well. Didn’t you know that you are a walking mine? Too bad the amounts are tiny.

I bet, if gold and silver occurred in larger quantities (like potassium and sulfur), many would try to extract these precious metals from their blood!

And then articles like “amazing benefits of bloodletting” would start popping up in Internet to justify this self-mutilation! I don’t mean to say that bloodletting has no scientific basis. It actually does. It’s just that humans tend to color dark things they love with white paint to lower the self-guilt. There are articles on the health benefits of smoking, believe it or not… But I am getting off the topic here.

Not only gold

Besides gold and silver, there is a whole array of unexpected elements floating in your body. Including those known for their harm. Like mercury, arsenic and uranium.

Furthermore, if you live in a city, your blood may also contain other precious metals.  Like platinum, palladium and even iridium. However, in much much smaller quantities than gold. Their amounts come in nanograms. To give you an idea of the difference consider the following. 1 nanogram is a million times smaller than 1 milligram!

However, unlike gold, the above-mentioned substances are there as a result of their entrance from external environment. Meaning? They come from human-made things. For example, mercury can get into your body if you have mercury fillings in your teeth.

Curious stuff, ha?


Yes, at this moment you have about 0.2 mg of gold! But you can have more: 0.1 gram, 0.2 gram, 1 gram and so forth.

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  1. Chaplain Rivers

    Your research indicates the three primary colors of heaven are elements that work together allowing the heart to be detected 16 days after conception. Red blood, blue veins and gold (yellow) are the primary colors. Thank you.

  2. Tom Wilson

    Is the Gold manufactured by the body?

    Or how does it get in the body?

    Can’t find anything on this, i just assumed gold could only be made in supernova So it must be an external source?

    • Margarita

      Hi Tom,

      Some of it naturally occurs in the human body in very NEGLIGIBLE amounts – just 1/5 of a gram in the body of an adult!
      A human is a part of cosmos…
      While some of it is coming from outside environment.

  3. Peter stone

    Could it be that the body makes its own gold
    And silver, if so should there not be research
    Into ho how this process occurs
    Surly it cannot all come from the e viroment
    We live in as this would mean it is laced with the stuff.

    • Margarita

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      Yes, you are right. Some of that gold is present naturally in very negligible amounts.
      And if you think about it, it makes sense. Some gold is found on the surface and our bodies ‘come from earth’ and ‘go back to earth’.

      Scientifically speaking, all matter, including gold, that you see on the planet Earth is recycled. Living organisms eat plants that grow on soil (hence indirectly consuming it). That soil is sent back via excretion or when the living organisms die. Their offsprings continue to live and then the same cycle repeats itself.

      In smaller quantities than gold, our bodies even contain tungsten (very light but harder than steel) and beryllium (2nd highest melting point). Both are rare and very useful in various technical applications given the properties I mentioned.

      If you are curious, here is a table of elements, we, humans are composed of.

      Have fun learning about gold!

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