General Info


Tin is a trace mineral that is readily absorbed within the small intestine.

Dietary Origins

Tin is available in small amounts from virtually all fruits and vegetables. Plants absorb tin from the soil. Soil conditions determine the amount absorbed.


Tin is an ultra trace metal found in the earth’s crust. The term "trace" refers to the amount of the metal observed in food and water that provides the dietary intake necessary to maintain optimal health. As is the case with most of the trace minerals, tin’s contribution and nutritional value is appreciated in conditions of deficiency, when health begins to fail.

Toxicities & Precautions


Tin is a trace mineral that could be toxic if extreme amounts were ingested on a regular basis.

Side Effects

Individual inhaling large amounts of tin are prone to develop a condition called pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease.

Functions in the Body

Bone Growth

Has been shown to have a functional role as a building block in bone development.

Hair and Hearing Loss

It has been shown to be instrumental in hair loss, male pattern baldness, and hearing loss.

Symptoms & Causes of Deficiency

Tin is an ultra trace metal. A deficiency may contribute to poor bone growth, hair and hearing loss.