E Minamata disease Q&A

Mercury in human body

Q3: Where does methylmercury go first after being absorbed from the small intestine?

A3: Methylmercury absorbed from the small intestine is initially transferred to the liver.

Commentary:
Various nutrients absorbed from the small intestine are transferred to the liver via the portal vein.
The liver is an organ that acts like a distribution center in the body, from which nutrients are sent out to other organs such as the kidneys and brain.
Methylmercury is transferred to the liver after being absorbed, and is then sent out to the whole body via the same route as the nutrients (amino acids).