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Dr. Joseph Carcillo
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Selenium (Overview)

Selenium sulfide is a skin-related agent.


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What is selenium deficiency is associated with?

What is selenium deficiency is associated with?

Keshan disease: Under Mao's tyranny, a bureaucrat's failure to add selenium to fertilizer caused widespread deficiency. Most deaths were due to increased susceptibility to viral myocarditis. Thousands of people perished. There is an obviously false claim from an 'independent thinker' that selenium deficiency cuases cystic fibrosis; this has bitterly disappointed many sufferers. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Carcillo
266 doctors shared insights

Selenium (Overview)

Selenium sulfide is a skin-related agent.


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I was wondering what are the heath benefits of selenium?

Essential nutrient: I've watched 'pop' claims in which people are told to get as much selenium in the diet as possible, and as little selenium in the diet as possible. It's all made up by the unscrupulous. Eat a sensible balanced diet and this will take care of itself. ...Read more

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My hashimotos may be due to low-selenium diet.Doc prescribed me LT4.Can I increase Se in my diet and also take the LT4? Or would that lower TSH 2 much

My hashimotos may be due to low-selenium diet.Doc prescribed me LT4.Can I increase Se in my diet and also take the LT4? Or would that lower TSH 2 much

Yes and NO: Yes, you can increase Selenium in your diet if you have been diagnosed with a significant deficiency. If the deficiency afects thyroid function, an exceedingly rare situation, then replacement therapy will restore no more than normal thyroid function.
see :http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/777483_5 regarding thyroid antibodies and selenium, a more complex matter entirely. ...Read more

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Can you use selenium sulfide shampoo on your body to treat body ringworm?

Can you use selenium sulfide shampoo on your body to treat body ringworm?

Not exactly: For what people call "ringworm", the medical name is tinea corporis, and the treatment is Lotrimin AF (or a similar antifungal). The lotriminaf is over-the-counter. For tinea versicolor, which is different from tinea corporis, and looks more like lots of little spots on the oilier parts of the body (usually the trunk, neck, face), one can use the 2.5% selenium sulfide lotion or shampoo. ...Read more

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Which selenium shampo should b used for dantruff?Name please

Several: There are several on the market, and they are all efective. Head and shoulders makes a shampoo that is effective and recommended by many drs. ...Read more

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What dosage of Selenium is effective toward slowing the speed of HIV disease progression?

What dosage of Selenium is effective toward slowing the speed of HIV disease progression?

Adjunct only: In spite of what anybody else may tell you, Jason, I found only one paper in the past fifteen years that offers any support whatever to this idea; it was in an obscure Communist Chinese journal and merely suggests supplementing this population (which has historically been deficient anyway) helps general immunity. Don't bet your life on vitamins. We have mainstream Rx that works. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How well does selenium sulfide in the treatment of persistent, chronic dandruff work?

How well does selenium sulfide in the treatment of persistent, chronic dandruff work?

Anti-dandruff 'poos: Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection. Selenium sulfide should work well but you can also try dandruff shampoos that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a sort of scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi.
See a Dermatologist if these don't work. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take selenium sulfide while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take selenium sulfide while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Selenium sulfide is used in topical creams (for dermatitis, or "rash") and shampoos (notably selsun blue, for dandruff). The easy answer is yes and the complicated answer is no. The reason? It is categorized as "c" meaning there are no studies in pregnancy documenting it's safety. So, doctors say, "if the benefits outweigh the unknown risks, go ahead." so...Shampoo -- yes. Topical cream -- no. ...Read more

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Hi, i put 8 brazil nuts in a green smoothie, should I be worried about selenium toxicity? I don't take any selenium suppl and i never ate the nuts b4

Hi, i put 8 brazil nuts in a green smoothie, should I be worried about selenium toxicity?  I don't take any selenium suppl and i never ate the nuts b4

Do not worry: Enjoy these nuts and do not worry, you will not have any selenium toxicity from 8 of them. Just know that, they are high in calories! they have plenty of good oils and vitamins. ...Read more

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Is this a possible side effect of selenium?

Is this a possible side effect of selenium?

What is the problem?: I do not know what side-effect you may be talking about. Rephrase yyour question and re--ask it! ...Read more

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What are the known side effects for thyroid complex from the vitamin shoppe?

What are the known side effects for thyroid complex from the vitamin shoppe?

No way to know: Since you never really know what's in those supplements, you can't tell what the side effects would be - plus they're potentially different for every person and can also be reactions with prescription rx. Plus, these supplements won't help your thyroid or any other part of your body. Save your money, see your doctor if you have a thyroid problem. Don't get medical info from tv or the internet. ...Read more

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How much and for how long should I take Biotin, Selenium and zink for hair loss/damage due to previously taking Depakote?

How much and for how long should I take Biotin, Selenium and zink for hair loss/damage due to previously taking Depakote?

Nutrition: Depakote and other similar medications can deplete B vitamins and other nutrients. These can be measured in lab tests to determine if supplements are effective.
Hair loss can also occur to hormonal imbalance, heavy metal toxicity and thyroid conditions. ...Read more

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Taking 2.5mg bisoprolol but also take various supplements worried about interactions garlic, folic acid, selenium, cod liver, Q10, evening primrose, vit e.

Taking 2.5mg bisoprolol but also take various supplements worried about interactions garlic, folic acid, selenium, cod liver, Q10, evening primrose, vit e.

Sups. No Evidence: Supplements widely promoted, big business, but exempted from clinical trials, even need for honesty/accuracy on labels; see DSHEA Act 1994 which exempted all food supplements, thus no reliable data about group, much less individual benefits & downsides. Carvedilol has better track record than bisoprolol (both with ACEI) for heart function, mortality rates; yet both can ↑ lung bronchospasm, COPD. ...Read more

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I'm consuming a suplement tablet which contains selenium 100mcg + vit.E 200i.U + vit.C500mg + vit.A 5000i.U every morning. Is it good or too much? Tx

I'm consuming a suplement tablet which contains selenium 100mcg + vit.E 200i.U + vit.C500mg + vit.A 5000i.U every morning. Is it good or too much? Tx

Vitamins can be toxi: The doses you are consuming are probably safe, and helpful. Your only concern is with vitamin a dose. The vitamin dose must be added to your food content. Some people eat a lot of vit-a, and take extra zinc, which causes vitamin a to be formed. Check a level of a after supplementing for two months, compare it to your baseline level. If the elevation of the vit-a is rapid, then reduce daily dose, . ...Read more

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I'm 66, in good health, bought vit. For women 50+. Many ingred. Go way over the dv%; i.E. Selenium is 225mcg, 321% of dv. Is this harmful?

I'm 66, in good health, bought vit. For women 50+. Many ingred. Go way over the dv%; i.E. Selenium is 225mcg, 321% of dv.  Is this harmful?

Follow label: As long as you bought the vitamins through a reputable place and you follow the directions, don't take more than recommended amount, you should be ok. ...Read more

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I'm 66, in good health, bought vit. For women 50+. Many ingred. Go way over the dv%; i.E. Selenium is 225mcg, 321% of dv. Is this harmful?

Follow label: As long as you bought the vitamins through a reputable place and you follow the directions, don't take more than recommended amount, you should be ok. ...Read more

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I'm consuming a suplement tablet which contains selenium 100mcg + vit.E 200i.U + vit.C500mg + vit.A 5000i.U every morning. Is it good or too much? Tx

Vitamins can be toxi: The doses you are consuming are probably safe, and helpful. Your only concern is with vitamin a dose. The vitamin dose must be added to your food content. Some people eat a lot of vit-a, and take extra zinc, which causes vitamin a to be formed. Check a level of a after supplementing for two months, compare it to your baseline level. If the elevation of the vit-a is rapid, then reduce daily dose, . ...Read more

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What are the heath benefits of taking selenium?

Here are just: a few ways that selenium benefits your body:
Acts as an Antioxidant & Defends Against Oxidative Stress. ...
Helps Defend Against Cancer. ...
Boosts Immunity. ...
Improves Blood Flow & Lowers Chance of Heart Disease. ...
Regulates Thyroid Function. ...
Increases Longevity. ...
Helps Reduce Asthma Symptoms. ...
Can Help Boost Fertility. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the heath benefits of selenium?

Essential nutrient: I've watched 'pop' claims in which people are told to get as much selenium in the diet as possible, and as little selenium in the diet as possible. It's all made up by the unscrupulous. Eat a sensible balanced diet and this will take care of itself. ...Read more

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Is selenium harmful ? Does it lead to death or any other disorders ?

Is selenium harmful ? Does it lead to death or any other disorders ?

Trace element: You need a certain amount of selenium in your diet, and most people probably do not need to supplement. At various times, the "natural healing" community has taught that "selenium is very good for you" and "selenium is very bad for you." The NIH is pretty good: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-healthProfessional/#h6 An evidence-based holist can guide you through questions like this. ...Read more

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Then why stopping selenium does BP rise and taking sel. It drops?

Then  why  stopping selenium does  BP  rise  and  taking  sel.  It  drops?

Vasodilator: Selenium deficiency may cause a deficiency in production of vasodilators in the body; a european study suggested this, but what they showed was a very modest difference (about 2 mmhg). ...Read more

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I'm on levothy-100mcg and liothy-50mcg. In addition, my DR wants me to take tyrosine 500mg, ithyroid 6.25mg,selenium 200mcg,and zinc 30mg. Is this ok?

I'm on levothy-100mcg and liothy-50mcg. In addition, my DR wants me to take tyrosine 500mg, ithyroid 6.25mg,selenium 200mcg,and zinc 30mg.  Is this ok?

It's totally absurd: Hi. Sorry to insult your quack, but taking tyrosine and elemental iodine makes ZERO sense for someone with hypothyroidism. It makes me question the diagnosis in the first place. The l-thyroxine and T3 (liothyronine) doses you're on would make many people HYPERthyroid (that's a high T3 (liothyronine) dose I only used to use temporarily in stages of thyroid cancer treatment...WITHOUT l-thyroxine). Please see an endocrinologist! ...Read more

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Could selenium increase dopamine levels?

Could selenium increase dopamine levels?

No: It's got antioxidant properties as a free radical scavenger though. So it's theoretically neuroprotective. This may slow down the loss of dopamine producing neurons ...Read more

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Is this a possible side effect of selenium?

What is the problem?: I do not know what side-effect you may be talking about. Rephrase yyour question and re--ask it! ...Read more

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Does taking selenium pills heals gastritis?

Does taking selenium pills heals gastritis?

Not necessarily : Data for selenium pills is not favorable at all. The meds we know heal gastritis are Proton Pump Inhibitors like nexium, (esomeprazole) Prilosec, Prevacid, etc.. But the key is to avoid foods and irritants that keep leading to higher acid levels-tomato based products, vinegar, citrus, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate, spearmint/peppermint, spicy foods, hot temp foods. ...Read more

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Which selenium shampo should b used for dantruff?Name please

Several: There are several on the market, and they are all efective. Head and shoulders makes a shampoo that is effective and recommended by many drs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what number of brazil nuts should I have a day for selenium?

Can you tell me what number of brazil nuts should I have a day for selenium?

Whoa: Selenium is widely distributed in your diet and if you eat estra brazil nuts to meet a quota, you'll end up eating more of a lot else that you don't need. Ask your physician or a good dietician if you're concerned about micronutrient deficiency, and consider a mineral supplement. ...Read more

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I'm on Levothy 100mcg-Liothy 50mcg. In addition, my DR wants me to start taking:Tyrosine 500mg, iThroid 6.25mg,selenium 200mcg,zinc 30mg. Is this ok?

Weird stuff: I don't know what your doctor is treating, but I can say that these are very unusual treatments. The mineral supplements are probably harmless, although ineffective (and expensive; is your doctor selling them?); the levo/lioth combo is probably making you hyperthyroid, which will hurt you in the long run, and make you addicted to a daily thyroid rush. See a reputable endocrinologist. ...Read more