Bromine is a common ingredient in thousands of fresh and packaged foods, medicines, and consumer products.

Bromine disrupts your thyroid gland but doesn’t show up as a problem in thyroid tests.

Like Chlorine, Bromine is highly oxidative, which means it will create innumerable free radicals in your body, and may lead to early aging and life-threatening diseases.

Bromine, like Chlorine is used in maintenance of swimming pools.

Check your food product labels.

Bromine is the only nonmetallic element that is liquid at room temperature, and one of only two elements on the periodic table that are liquid at room temperature (mercury is the other).

The melting point of bromine is −7.2 °C and the boiling point 58.8 °C (138 °F). The pure chemical element has the physical form of a diatomic molecule, Br2.

It is a dense, mobile, slightly transparent reddish-brown liquid, that evaporates easily at standard temperature and pressures to give a red vapor (its color resembles nitrogen dioxide) that has a strong disagreeable odor resembling that of chlorine.

Bromine is a halogen, and is less reactive than chlorine and more reactive than iodine. Bromine is slightly soluble in water, and highly soluble in carbon disulfide, aliphatic alcohols (such as methanol), and acetic acid.

It bonds easily with many elements and has a strong bleaching action. Bromine, like chlorine, is also used in maintenance of swimming pools.

Certain bromine-related compounds have been evaluated to have an ozone depletion potential or bioaccumulate in living organisms. As a result many industrial bromine compounds are no longer manufactured, are being restricted, or scheduled for phasing out. The Montreal Protocol mentions several organobromine compounds for this phase out.

Bromine is a powerful oxidizing agent. It reacts vigorously with metals, especially in the presence of water, as well as most organic compounds, especially upon illumination.

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