The beneficial effects of trace elements in the body, like selenium, have been under investigation for many years.

Now the Journal of The American Medical Association reports a fascinating use of this element in the prevention of cancer.

1300 patients participated in a study wherein test subjects received 200 micrograms of selenium daily for an average of 4.5 years.

This group had a 37% reduction in overall cancers compared to the group which did not receive selenium and a 50% reduction in cancer deaths!

More study is needed before widespread use of selenium is recommended but this is a hopeful sign.

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