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News on Selenium and Heart Disease


Since the 1980s, there have been claims that the trace element selenium, which contains antioxidants, is good for your heart. People who lived in countries where the heart disease rate was high tended to be lacking in selenium in their diets. But in recent years, the thinking on selenium has been changing.

A study published last month in the Journal of Epidemiology looked at more than 1,000 adults in the U.S. for seven and a half years. Some took 200 micrograms of selenium per day and some took a placebo. Researchers took health habits and family background into account, but still found that selenium had no effect on the risk of developing heart disease.

The study also found that the group of people who took selenium had lower rates of lung, prostate and colorectal cancer, but it's too early and there's too little research from other studies to draw any conclusions about that at this point.

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