Selenium Supplementation and Blood Rheological Improvement in Japanese Adults
In order to study the prevention effect of selenium in the development of cardiovascular disease, we investigated the effects of selenium supplementation on the blood rheological properties. Eleven healthy adults were administered with 200 microg of selenium in the form of selenium yeast per day for 1 wk. Before and after the supplementation, serum selenium concentration, glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity, biochemical indices, and the blood fluidity of the subjects were measured. The blood fluidity was measured using a (microchannel array flow analyzer) by the passage time of 100 microL of heparinized whole blood through the microchannel array. The selenium supplementation significantly (p = 0.001) shortened the mean blood passage time from 44.0 +/- 5.7 to 37.5 +/- 2.8 s. Serum selenium concentration significantly (p = 0.008) increased from 109.8 +/- 10.2 to 124.5 +/- 16.7 microg/L. Meanwhile, the GPx activity did not increased significantly (p = 0.058). The mean GPx activity of the subjects before supplementation was 171.0 +/- 16.1 Deltammol NADPH/min/L and 180.9 +/- 17.8 Deltammol NADPH/min/L after supplementation. Factor analysis of the passage time and biochemical indices of the subjects showed that blood fluidity improvement was related to the metabolic modification of lipoproteins during the selenium supplementation. These results showed that selenium supplementation improved the blood fluidity, without increasing the GPx activity of the subjects.
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