Managing the Inflammatory Response: Selenium and the Colorful Carotenoids

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Tips for Promoting a Normal Healthy, Balanced Inflammatory Response: Selenium and the Colorful Carotenoids

The mineral selenium and the colorful phytonutrients known as the carotenoids (especially ß-carotene, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin and ß-cryptoxanthin) are powerful antioxidants that help regulate the normal inflammatory response. Research shows that higher selenium and carotenoids consumption promotes health and longevity. This conclusion is verified by the results of a study published recently in the Journal of Nutrition showing that subjects with the higher concentrations of selenium and carotenoids in their bodies tended to live the longest.10

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Tips for Promoting a Normal Healthy, Balanced Inflammatory Response: Pycnogenol for Immune Support

References:
10. Ray AL, Semba RD, Walston J, Ferrucci L, Cappola AR, Ricks MO, Xue QL, Fried LP. Low serum selenium and total carotenoids predict mortality among older women living in the community: The Women’s Health and Aging Studies. J Nutr 2006;136:172-176.


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