Nickel

What other names is Nickel known by?

Atomic number 28, Chlorure de Nickel, Ni, Nickel Chloride, Nickel Sulfate, Nickelous Sulfate, Níquel, Numéro Atomique 28, Oligo-Élément, Sulfate de Nickel, Sulfate Nickeleux, Trace Element.

What is Nickel?

Nickel is a mineral. It is found in several foods including nuts, dried beans and peas, soybeans, grains, and chocolate. The body needs nickel, but in very small amounts. Nickel is a common trace element in multiple vitamins.

Nickel is used for increasing iron absorption, preventing iron-poor blood (anemia), and treating weak bones (osteoporosis).

Likely Effective for...

  • Preventing nickel levels in the body from getting too low (nickel deficiency). Nickel deficiency has not been reported in people, although it may exist, since nickel deficiency has been seen in animals. Taking trace amounts of nickel in a supplement is effective for preventing nickel deficiency.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Improving iron absorption.
  • Preventing anemia.
  • Improving osteoporosis and bone health.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of nickel 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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