Selenium

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What other names is Selenium known by?

Atomic number 34, Dioxyde de Sélénium, Ebselen, L-Selenomethionine, L-Sélénométhionine, Levure Sélénisée, Numéro Atomique 34, Se, Selenio, Selenite, Sélénite de Sodium, Sélénium, Selenium Ascorbate, Selenium Dioxide, Selenized Yeast, Selenomethionine, Sélénométhionine, Sodium Selenite.

What is Selenium?

Selenium is a mineral. It is taken into the body in water and foods. People use it for medicine.

Likely Effective for...

  • Preventing selenium deficiency.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Preventing heart disease.
  • Protecting against skin cancers.
  • Protecting against lung cancer.
  • Protecting against prostate cancer.
  • Treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
  • Preventing complications and death in critical illness (burns, head injury, etc).
  • Diabetes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • HIV/AIDS; hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis); arthritis (osteoarthritis); rheumatoid arthritis; macular degeneration (eye disease); hayfever; gray hair; mood disorders; chemotherapy side effects, swelling after surgery, abnormal pap smears; infertility; cataracts; chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); bird flu; preventing miscarriage; protecting against colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, and overall cancer risk; and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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