Tin Trace Mineral
Tin was only recently identified as essential, but its precise function remains elusive. Scientists noted a 24% to 59% acceleration in growth when tin was supplied to baby rats on tin-deprived diets. This hints of some very important role for Tin and a possible relationship to growth hormone. Thus, Tin may be a player in our struggle to trade fat for muscle. Dietary intake of tin has been sharply reduced over the past 20 years. Supplementation is desirable.
There has been a tremendous amount of interest lately over the relationship of adult production of growth-hormone, and quality of life and longevity. It seems that the same hormone that helps kids grow, also helps adults defy their chronological age and take on youthful characteristics of a much younger biological age and level of cellular activity.
While most of the attention is focused upon the amino acid portion of the growth hormone equation (and while most of us get plenty of protein) it should be noted that young lab animals deprived of Tin failed to grow - so there may be a GHT in relationship. Also, as discussed above, Boron is useful for providing these same youthful hormone type benefits. And for serious longevity enthusiasts, it should be noted that Coenzyme Q-10 extended the lives of lab animals to the human equivalent of 150 years while greatly extending the quality of life to match that added time.