- 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
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.
Laboratory rats deprived of arsenic showed slower growth, iron-laden spleens, and rough hair. Their offspring had fragile red blood cells.
- Enzyme inhibitor
- Interferes with uptake of folic acid
- Inhibition of sulfhydryl enzyme systems
|amyotrophic lateral sclerosis||kidney dysfunction|
|hemolysis, leukocytosis, porphyria||neuromuscular disorders|
|dental cavities||Parkinson’s disease|
|dementia dialactica||peptic ulcer|
Arsenite accumulates in the hair tissue, and hair analysis is considered a valuable means of detecting arsenic toxicity.