July 27, 2016

Indium

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What other names is Indium known by?

Atomic number 49, Chlorure d'Indium, Colloidal Indium, In, Indio, Indium (III), Indium Chloride, Indium Colloïdal, Indium Compound, Indium Octreotide, Indium Pentetreotide, Indium Phosphide, Indium Salts, Indium Sulfate, Indium Sulfate Anhydrous, Indium Sulphate, Indium Tin Oxide, Indium Trichloride, Indium-111, Indium-111-octreotide, Indium-111-pentetreotide, Numéro Atomique 49, Pentétréotide d'Indium, Phosphure d'Indium, Préparation d'Indium, Sels d'Indium, Sulfate d'Indium, Trichlorure d'Indium.

What is Indium?

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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Increasing energy.
  • Preventing aging.
  • Boosting the immune system.
  • Increasing hormone production.
  • Increasing absorption of nutrients.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of indium for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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