Tin is a trace mineral that is found naturally occurring in many foods of plant and animal origin, and scientists are still investigating its role in human nutrition.


Major Health Benefits

It has been suggested in lab studies that tin may play a role in preventing dental erosion.1 Preclinical studies suggest that tin may be essential for growth.2


Excessive consumption of Tin may cause a decrease in iron absorption.3 It has been suggested in preclinical studies that excessive consumption of tin may result in the accumulation of tin in bones.4


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  2. Yokoi K, Kimura M, Itokawa Y. Effect of dietary tin deficiency on growth and mineral status in rats. Biol Trace Elem Res. 1990 Mar;24(3):223-31. PMID: 1702675.
  3. Schäfer SG, Femfert U. Tin–a toxic heavy metal? A review of the literature. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 1984 Mar;4(1):57-69. Review. PubMed PMID: 6371930.
  4. Sun LH, Zhang NY, Zhai QH, Gao X, Li C, Zheng Q, Krumm CS, Qi D. Effects of dietary tin on growth performance, hematology, serum biochemistry, antioxidant status, and tin retention in broilers. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2014 Dec;162(1-3):302-8. PubMed PMID: 25312379.