Selenium

Supplement Forms/Alternate Names

  • Selenite
  • Selenomethionine
  • Selenized Yeast
  • Selenium Dioxide

Uses

Principal Proposed Uses

Other Proposed Uses

Selenium is a trace mineral that our bodies use to produce glutathione peroxidase . Glutathione peroxidase is part of the body's antioxidant defense system; it works with vitamin E to protect cell membranes from damage caused by dangerous, naturally occurring substances known as free radicals. China has very low rates of colon cancer, presumably because of the nation's low-fat diet. However, in some parts of China where the soil is depleted of selenium, the incidence of various types of cancer is much higher than in the rest of the country. This fact has given rise to a theory that selenium deficiency is a common cause of cancer, and that selenium supplements can reduce this risk.As we will see, there is some preliminary evidence that selenium supplements might provide some protection against some types of cancer among people living in the US, but this evidence is far from definitive.

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