MAIN Health Vitamins & Minerals Tin
Tin Fast Facts
Foods: soil, air, canned goods, in trace amounts in nearly all fruits and vegetables
Nutritional & health benefits: inconclusive, although research is ongoing on its many suggested health benefits
goes by Sn on the periodic table, is a trace mineral that
very little research has been done on. In fact, scientists
are still not absolutely sure that tin is essential for human
beings, a claim which has some merit as tin is not an essential
mineral for many animals.
Despite the skepticism of tin's role in the human body, there
is at least one study which demonstrates that tin may actually
provide some health benefits.
In a study of two hundred and eighty-five individuals, tin
supplements were given to test subjects for a short term period
of just a few weeks and also a much longer period of a year
to two years for some participants. The result was that
tin supplementation had no more negative side effects than
many other trace minerals do at similar levels, and for many
of the research participants there were many positive health
Psychological benefits included decreased depression
and fatigue, an increase in positive mood and general
well-being, and an increase in energy. Some test subjects
also experienced improvements in general occurrences of pain,
skin problems, and digestion. There was also a noticeable
decrease in headaches, asthma,
and insomnia for some.
Beyond this one study on tin, there is not a great deal that
is known about the health benefits that tin may provide.
Tin is available in small amounts from virtually all fruits
and vegetables. Tin is absorbed by plants from the soil, which
means that to get more tin, it does not especially matter
what fruits and vegetables are being eaten, but rather what
soil conditions those fruits and vegetables were grown in.
More information about tin & nutrition around the Web:
Tin: Health effects on Adrenals, Depression & Fatigue
- A discussion
on human and laboratory animal studies suggesting the effects
of low-levels of the mineral in relation to increased fatigue,
depression and even asthma, plus facts on food sources, toxicity,
recommended daily allowances.