Nickel is one of the trace mineral or micronutrient in our body since it is present in very small amount in the our body but it plays an important part in overall health of the human body and in bodily processes. Nickel aids in iron absorption, as well as adrenaline and glucose metabolism, hormones, lipid, cell membrane, improves bone strength and may also play a role in production of red blood cells. Optimal growth, healthy skin, bone structure, enhances alkaline phosphate.
Nickel and Cobalt share left / right-sided cell receptors and are essential to human health. While a Cobalt + Vitamin B12 relationship is well documented, a similar, but less documented affiliation applies to Nickel + Vitamin C. Also less documented is the control nickel and cobalt exert over the muscular walls of the body’s arteries. Cobalt specifically affects the right coronary artery, resulting in vasodilation with low levels, and vasoconstriction with high levels, while nickel exerts the same effect on the left coronary artery.
Functions of Nickel
- Nickel is found to be beneficial being an important cofactor to various enzymes where it acts to accelerate the normal chemical reactions occurring in our body.
- This element has been shown to take part in reaction catalyzed by oxidoreductases and hydrolyses (e.g. urease)
- Nickel is in RNA and DNA of our body where it functions in association with these nucleic acids.
- It probably has a role in stabilizing RNA structure.
- It is found to be helpful in normal bone functioning and health.
- Nickel is an important factor in the cell membrane and the lipid also.
Deficiency of Nickel
Since it is traced element, deficiency of it us rare. But it is found that due low amount of nickel in the bodies of some individual certain liver as well as kidney diseases arise in them.
Rich Food Sources of Nickel
It is found in many foods and these include both animal as well as plant sources.
Plants are the main dietary source of nickel. Plants grown in soil contaminated with nickel will have a higher content of nickel in them. Some rich sources of this mineral include fruits, in some vegetables, grains , peas, dried beans, chocolate, nuts and oats. Animal foods are a poor source of nickel, while drinking water contributes to nickel considerably.
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