March 1999 Issue

Selenium: Anti-Cancer Buzz Brings Star Status To Once-Maligned Mineral

People are increasingly turning to supplements as a way to fend off cancer. In fact, specific nutrients seem to jockey for position in the cancer-prevention game like children playing musical chairs. One of the prominent players right now is the mineral selenium. Selenium was once one of the least celebrated nutrients, because deficiencies were rare in the U.S., while toxicity was a risk. Those facts haven't changed, but perceptions have. Nutritionists now also

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