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Selenium Needed by All

Selenium Needed by All

Wednesday, April 12th 2006

Especially Elderly Women, Say Researchers

Levels of selenium and other antioxidants are low in elderly women, and could be boosted by supplements, say German researchers.

"Our data reveals that the selenium and alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) status of well-nourished female seniors often seems to be insufficient," write Dr M. Wolters and colleagues in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

High antioxidant intake, including selenium and vitamin E, has been shown to protect against chronic diseases.

The research showed that nearly 40 per cent of the sample population failed to reach the desirable levels of selenium concentrations, (less than 1.1 micromoles per litre), despite eating healthily.

The study followed the diet of 178 women with an average age of 63 over a three-day period. "The results show that low serum vitamin E and selenium concentrations are highly prevalent even among well-educated and well-nourished women," said the scientists.

"This result indicates that?women with low antioxidant levels would possibly benefit from an additional intake of antioxidants," recommended the researchers.

It is believed that Selenium and Vitamin E work together to inhibit lipid peroxidation. "Insufficient status of one of these nutrients may elevate the risk of oxidative stress and possibly for associated diseases," explained the researchers.

Results published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2004, Vol. 164, pp. 2335-2342) indicated that supplementation of diet with antioxidants may lower the risk of cancers.

Another study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Vol. 80 pp. 154-162), reported that increased selenium intake could boost the immune system.

These reports add to the growing body of evidence for the health benefits of selenium intake.

High antioxidant intake, including selenium and vitamin E, has been shown to protect against chronic diseases.

Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful Natural Antioxidants:

Astaxanthin Advanced Immune Support
CoQ10 300mg + Vitamin D3
Enzogenol High Potency with ACE and Selenium
Enzogenol 120mg
Green Tea
Vitamin E
Resveratrol Age Defence

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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