February 29, 2012

Selenium Supplements: Too Much of a Good Thing?


A new review adds to mounting evidence that dietary supplements may do more harm than good. Selenium, a mineral found in fish, meat, eggs, grains and certain nuts, helps boost antioxidant activity in the body to potentially ward off chronic diseases. But too much selenium can cause selenosis, a condition marked by hair and nail loss, garlic breath, fatigue and nerve damage…“People who take dietary supplements are the least likely to need them,” said Dr. Donald Hensrud, associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “People who have a bad diet typically can’t afford them or tend not to take them.”

ABC News by Katie Moisse, 02/28/2012

Tags: dietary supplements, Dr. Donald Hensrud, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Preventive Medicine, preventive medicine and nutrition, Selenium, selenosis, Wellness

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