Selenium for Prostate Health

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, 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:
Selenium for Prostate Health

A large body of evidence consistently illustrates the potent prostate-promoting properties of selenium. The strong links between selenium and prostate health were examined in a thorough analysis that was recently published.2 These scientists concluded that dietary supplementation with selenium increased a man’s chances of maintaining a healthy prostate by about 40%. According to other research selenium benefits the prostate by honing in on prostate cells and directly helping them maintain a healthy life cycle and lifestyle.3,4

The US Food and Drug Administration agrees that selenium is good for the prostate and announced on February 21, 2003, that “Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer” and “Selenium may produce anticarcinogenic effects in the body. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may produce anticarcinogenic effects in the body.”

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Vitamin E  for Prostate Health

References:
2. Etminan M, FitzGerald JM, Gleave M, Chambers K. Intake of selenium in the prevention of prostate cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Cancer Causes Control 2005;16:1125-1131.
3. Chun JY, Nadiminty N, Lee SO, Onate SA, Lou W, Gao AC. Mechanisms of selenium down-regulation of androgen receptor signaling in prostate cancer. Mol Cancer Ther 2006;5:913-918.
4. Sabichi AL, Lee JJ, Taylor RJ, Thompson IM, Miles BJ, Tangen CM, Minasian LM, Pisters LL, Caton JR, Basler JW, Lerner SP, Menter DG, Marshall JR, Crawford ED, Lippman SM. Selenium accumulation in prostate tissue during a randomized, controlled short-term trial of L-selenomethionine: A Southwest Oncology Group Study. Clin Cancer Res 2006;12:2178-2184.


2 Comments

  1. Jerry Burklund

    Very useful, thanks

  2. Robert D'Angiolillo

    I have PSA numbers over 7. However, no cancer has been found yet. Will Selenium be of any help?

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