February 3, 2013

Supplements Do Not Lower Risk

1 Extra Selenium Does Not Benefit Heart Disease

A review published in The Cochrane Library has found that for well-nourished adults, taking additional selenium in the form of supplements is of no benefit for preventing heart disease. Selenium has been thought to decrease risk by protecting against oxidative stress and inflammation. It may even slightly decrease cholesterol. However, says author Saverio Stranges of Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick (UK), there is limited evidence that the use of supplements will ultimately prevent the development of heart disease in healthy people. Selenium is a trace mineral essential for good health and found in Brazil nuts, seafood, meat and poultry, sunflower seeds, and some grains. Adults need about 55 mcg per day to meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).

More at Medical News Today | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Selenium May Slightly Lower Cholesterol

Tags: Diet, Heart Disease, Minerals, Nutrition, Selenium, Heart Disease Prevention

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