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Selenium is a chemical element, having the chemical symbol Se. Its atomic number (the number of protons) is 34. It has a standard atomic weight of 78.96 g•mol −1 and is a solid (either amorphous or crystalline) in its elemental form.

Seleneium is considered to be a member of the "Non-metal" class of element. At a pressure of 101.325 kPa, it has a boiling point of 685 °C and a melting point of 220.5 °C.

Role in human health

Selenium is a cofactor to the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase.[1] Selenium has many additional roles in human health.[2]

Deficiency of selenium may cause heart failure.[3] This may occur in the settings of anorexia nervosa,[4] bariatric surgery,[5] peripartum cardiomyopathy[6] and Keshan disease. However, while selenium levels are lower among patients with heart failure than among controls, levels are similarly decreased whether heart failure is idiopathic or ischemic.[7] Deficiency of selenium may also cause coronary heart disease.[8]

Supplementation with selenium shows:

  • An u ansome minor copy editingncertain role in prevention of cancer.[9]
  • A small randomized controlled trial showed benefit on heart failure from micronutrient supplementation that included selenium.[10]


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