Aluminium: biological information
Aluminium may be involved in the action of enzymes such a succinic dehydrogenase and δ-aminolevulinate dehydrase (involved in porphyrin synthesis. Aluminium compounds are toxic to most plants and somewhat toxic to mammals. Aluminium has been linked to Alzheimer's disease (senile dementia).
Levels in humans
The abundances of the elements in humans.
- Human abundance by weight: 900 ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: 210 atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with aluminium:
Aluminium metal presents a fire hazard when powdered. Aluminium compounds are toxic to most plants and somewhat toxic to mammals. Aluminium has been linked to Alzheimer's disease (senile dementia). Aluminium accumulates in the body.
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