Information about Tin
Tin is a trace element and metal that is widely found in nature and is detectable in many tissues and nutrients.
Deficiency of Tin
Tin deficiency has been described in rats, but has not been clearly shown to exist in humans and its role in normal human metabolism in not clear. Currently, tin is not considered an essential element, although it is sometimes included in homeopathic medications and in over-the-counter dietary supplements.
Toxicity of Tin
Tin is relatively nontoxic, but can alter the metabolism of other trace elements such as zinc and copper.
Minor amounts of tin ingestion can cause gastrointestinal distress with nausea, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, but the reaction is generally mild-to-moderate in severity and self-limited in course. Tin poisoning as might occur with industrial exposure or accidental ingestion, on the other hand, can cause visual effects, stupor and neurologic abnormalities.
Trace Elements in Tissues and Biologic Systems