Indeed, studies suggest that inadequate selenium
increases risk of cardiovascular disease, (3,10) some cancers, (3,11-13) cognitive dysfunction, (14) and even death.
Effects of Brazil nut consumption on selenium
status and cognitive performance in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: a randomized controlled pilot trial.
which is found in breast milk is an essential nutrient for infants.
Because infant formula often serves as a sole source of nutrition for infants, selenium
in infant formula is needed to ensure that formula-fed infants are getting this essential nutrient at appropriate levels.
status from both the total amount of the mineral in the blood and the serum selenoprotein P levels, which reflect the amount of selenium
bound up in the carrier protein, the team found that a higher selenium
status is significantly associated with a lower risk of bowel cancer.
We've known for some time that selenium
is important to men s fertility, but until now no-one has researched how this element could be involved in healthy reproduction in women.
absorption, retention and distribution in the organism, as well as the quantity, configuration and excretion routes will vary, among other factors, according to its chemical formula, the quantity ingested and the time receiving a set Se level.
were the major determinants of the overall ophthalmic outcome in patients treated with selenium
, they investigators added.
The lead author noted that the reason for this protective effect of selenium
in men but not in women was not completely clear but might be attributed to women being healthier at baseline, having better antioxidant status in general and possible differences in how men and women process selenium
levels increased in the Se-SM group whilst the placebo group significantly decreased.
However, "we still do not have an exact picture of what selenium
is doing to human health," Dr.
enriched milk comes from dairy herds that are participating in the Healthy Herd Programme set up by the NEMi group (Naturally Enriched Milk innovations).