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Higher Selenium Lower Prostate Cancer

High selenium levels could result in lower prostate cancer risk according to a study presented at the American Association of Cancer Research annual meeting back in Washington. According to an article in the June issue of “Urology Times”, men with higher levels of selenium MAY have a lower risk of advance prostate cancer. Among a group of almost 60,000 men aged 55 to 69, the study authors conclude that men with the highest selenium levels had more than a 60% reduced risk for advanced prostate cancer. The study author, Milan Geybels, MSc, of Maastricht University in Maastricht, the Netherlands, says “Any compound that would prevent the incidence of advance prostate cancer would have a substantial impact on public health! Selenium, of course, comes over the counter & is available in multivitamin/multimineral supplements. Sea foods & organ meats are the richest food sources of selenium. Other sources include muscle meats, cereals & other grains, & dairy products. The selenium content of soil affects the amounts of selenium in the plants that animals eat, so the quantities of selenium in animal products also vary. My understanding is that our soil here in Montana is already “selenium rich”. That said, I’m going to snack on some Brazil nuts this afternoon & tell the ol’ lady to rattle the skillet tonight & fire me up some halibut for supper! Toss me a container of plain, low fat yogurt while you’re at it!

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