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Selenium Lowers Colon Cancer Risk: Study

By    |   Tuesday, 16 December 2014 04:46 PM

Higher levels of selenium have been linked with a decreased risk of colorectal cancer, according to new research published in the International Journal of Cancer.

The study — led jointly by Newcastle University, the International Agency for research on Cancer, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland — also found much lower levels of selenium in the blood of Europeans than people living in Canada and USA, Medical Xpress reports.
 
Those higher selenium levels are significantly associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, particularly in women.
 
"Interest in the question of whether selenium intake affects cancer risk has waned a little in recent years because of negative results from a trial in the USA and the reported possible link of selenium to greater risk of diabetes if taken in high doses,” said Newcastle University's John Hesketh said.

"What our study does is put the debate around selenium and cancer back on the table and highlights the need for further research to understand the benefits, if any, of supplementing diets in regions where selenium is naturally low."
 
Selenium is an essential micronutrient for human health but differing soil levels lead to wide variation in dietary selenium intake worldwide.  As a result, the selenium status of many populations, including those across Europe, is low compared with much of North America.
 
Brazil nuts are one of the best natural sources of selenium, but other foods rich in the mineral include shellfish, red meat, offal, and Canadian flour, said the researchers.
 
The study was based samples and interviews with 520,000 people from 10 countries.

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