By Analytical Research Labs
Sources of Arsenic
Organic arsenic (arsenate) is found in a variety of foods
Inorganic arsenate or arsenite: pesticides, beer, table salt, water, paint, cosmetics, pigments, rat poison, glass and mirror manufacture, fungicides, wood preservatives, commercial chicken feed
Roles In The Body
Several laboratories believe that arsenic is an essential element in small quantities. Its functions are not clear, but may have to do with growth, and blood formation.
Symptoms Associated with Arsenic Deficiency
Laboratory rats deprived of arsenic showed slower growth, iron-laden spleens, and rough hair. Their offspring had fragile red blood cells.
Symptoms Associated With Arsenic Excess
Interferes with uptake of folic acid
Inhibition of sulfhydryl enzyme systems
goiter hair loss
muscle spasm pallo
Hair Analysis Notes
Arsenite accumulates in the hair tissue, and hair analysis is considered a valuable means of detecting arsenic toxicity.