Selenium shows protective effect for bladder cancer

Age-standardised death rates from Bladder canc...

Image via Wikipedia - Age-standardised death rates of bladder cancer by country (per 100,000 inhabitants)

High selenium intake could have a protective effect for bladder cancer, according new research. A meta-analysis of seven previously published studies found that the minerals’s potential protective effect was seen mainly among women, which suggests gender-specific differences in selenium accumulation and excretion, according to findings published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Selenium is an essential macronutrient, and is considered to be an antioxidant. High levels of selenium have been inversely associated with risk of developing several cancers, including bladder, prostate and thryroid.


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