Effect of Selenium Supplementation on Heart Health

Chambers of the heart
The American Heart Association defines heart failure as a condition in which the heart muscle cannot pump enough blood out to the body to keep the tissues and organs sufficiently supplied with oxygen. Heart failure is a condition for which there is no known cure. Selenium deficiency is associated with worsening heart failure.

Selenium is an essential antioxidant trace element that is necessary for key activities in human metabolism [Djalalinia 2019]. Meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials of selenium supplementation reveal that selenium supplementation is a cost-effective and simple-to-use intervention that can play an important role in the prevention of heart disease risk factors [Hasani 2018; Hasani 2019; Mahdavi 2019; Tabrizi 2017].

These results from meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials reaffirm the outcomes in the Bomer multinational observational cohort study. In that study, heart failure patients with serum selenium concentrations below 70 micrograms per liter were more likely to have the following characteristics [Bomer 2019]: read more

Selenium Vital for Good Health

Gerhard N. Schrauzer
Dr. Gerhard N. Schrauzer (1933-2014) was the Director of the Biological Trace Element Research Institute in San Diego and the founder and editor-in-chief of the Biological Trace Element Research journal. He was a pioneer in the study of selenium’s biological functions. He was one of the first researchers to realize that selenium has positive effects on human and animal health.

Quote: “Pluck almost any cell from your body, and it will have a million or more selenium atoms in it, yet until recently nobody had any idea what they were there for. We now know that selenium makes two vital enzymes, deficiency in which has been linked to hypertension, arthritis, anaemia, some cancers, and, even, possibly reduced sperm counts. So, clearly, it is a good idea to get some selenium inside you (it is found particularly in nuts, whole meal bread, and fish), but at the same time, if you take too much, you can irremediably poison your liver. As with much of life, getting the balances right is a delicate business.” End Quote.

The above lines are quoted from Bill Bryson’s book The Body: A Guide for Occupants. ISBN-13: 978-0385539302. I can recommend the book highly. Bryson writes an English that is a pleasure to read, and the book is full of facts and relationships. You may already know him from his earlier book about science and technology, The Short History of Almost Everything. read more