Sources of Arsenic

  • Organic arsenic (arsenate) is found in a variety of foods
  • Inorganic arsenate or arsenite: brown rice, 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.


iodine, selenium

Hair Analysis Notes

Arsenite accumulates in the hair tissue, and hair analysis is considered a valuable means of detecting arsenic toxicity.

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