Rubidium: biological information
Rubidium has no biological role but is said to stimulate the metabolism. It can accumulate ahead of potassium in muscle.
Levels in humans
- Human abundance by weight: 4600 ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: 340 atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with rubidium:
Rubidium salts are generally inert, and their toxicity is almost always a consequence of the anion, not of the Rb+. Nevertheless ingestion should always be avoided. In the body, rubidium substitutes for potassium and too much can be dangerous. Large amounts cause hyperirritability and spasms.
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- N.N. Greenwood and A. Earnshaw in Chemistry of the Elements, 2nd edition, Butterworth, UK, 1997.