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Selenium reduces chemo side effects in pediatric cancer patients.

The results of a crossover trial reported in the Journal of Medicinal Food revealed that supplementing with selenium can reduce chemotherapy side effects, including nausea and fatigue. *

Researchers randomized 39 children and adolescents to receive a placebo or an age-appropriate daily dose of selenium, ranging from 27 to 100 micrograms of selenium. Both groups underwent a washout phase at the end of the 30-day treatment period, followed by another 30 days in which the treatment protocol was reversed.

In addition, eight patients from each group were followed for one year during which they received the age-appropriate dose of selenium.

Patients with solid tumors who supplemented with selenium reported significantly less fatigue and nausea during the follow-up phase. Participants with leukemia and lymphoma experienced an improvement in physical function, which was evident after the first 30 days of supplementation as well as at the end of one year among those in the follow-up group.

Editor's Note: Kidney and liver function were also improved in the supplemented subjects in comparison with those who received a placebo.

* J Med Food. 2014 Nov 7.

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