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Friday, November 13, 2009

Researchers say selenium may increase cholesterol levels

From ACC newsletter:

The UK's Daily Mail (11/13, Hope) reports "that a high level in the blood of selenium -- a trace mineral found naturally in Brazil nuts, grain, fish and meat -- increases cholesterol levels," according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.       

The UK's Telegraph (11/13) reports that "scientists at the University of Warwick studied data on 1,042 individuals aged 19 to 64 who took part in the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey between 2000 and 2001." The researchers "found that in people with blood selenium concentrations higher than 1.20 micromols per litre, levels of total cholesterol were raised by an average of 8%." Meanwhile, "levels of the harmful type of cholesterol associated with heart disease were increased by 10%." The UK's Press Association (11/12) also covered the story
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