INDIUM Overview Information
Indium is a soft, silver-white metal used in manufacturing. It is chemically similar to aluminum and gallium. Indium’s most common industrial use is in the production of electrodes used in liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Some dietary supplements contain indium.
Despite safety concerns, people take indium in supplements for increasing energy, preventing aging, boosting the immune system, increasing hormone production, and increasing absorption of nutrients.
Healthcare providers sometimes give an indium compound called indium pentetreotide by injection into the veins (intravenously) as a treatment for cancer that has spread to the bones.
How does it work?
Indium does not have a biological role in the human body. There is no scientific support for claims that indium has beneficial effects.
INDIUM Side Effects & Safety
Indium might be UNSAFE. Taking indium by mouth might result in damage to the kidneys, heart, liver, and other organs.
Breathing in indium might irritate the lungs.
Applying indium to the skin might cause skin irritation.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE for anyone to use indium as a medicine. While the effects of indium on an unborn infant or a nursing infant are unknown, the fact that it can cause damage to organs in adults is cause for concern. Don’t use indium if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
The appropriate dose of indium depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for indium. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.