Selenium Status of Children and Adults in Northern Germany
There has been an increasing interest in the essential trace element selenium (Se) in recent years, less in its toxicity than in its essential function in animals and man. The therapeutic window between toxicity and deficiency is small and the question of the optimal nutritional intake is still under debate. Due to variations of the selenium content in soil and hence food of different geographical areas, the intake of local populations may differ considerably. Northern Europe is compared to North America, a region of low supply, and the soil content in Germany is considered to be deficient on the average (Hartfiel and Bahners 1987). It was speculated that the human population might be exposed to the risk of Se deficiency, but only limited data exist concerning the Se status of the general population in Germany.
KeywordsAdult Child Selenium Concentration Selenium Content Selenium Status Blood Mercury Level
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