Abstract

    Open Access Perspective Article ID: AAA-6-115

    Selenium supplementation in the prevention of coronavirus infections* (*In Memory of Laszlo G. Egyud)

    Boguslaw Lipinski*

    Selenium (Se) is a ubiquitous element akin to sulfur (S) existing in the Earth’s crust in various organic and inorganic forms. Selenium concentration varies greatly depending on the geographic area. Consequently, the content of selenium in food products is also variable. It is known that low Se is associated with an increased incidence of cancer and heart diseases. Therefore, it is advisable to supplement your diet with this element albeit in a proper form. Although blood increased concentrations of Se can be achieved with various pharmacological preparations only one chemical form (sodium selenite) can offer true protection. Sodium selenite, but not selenate, can oxidize thiol groups in the virus protein disulfide isomerase rendering it unable to penetrate the healthy cell membrane. In this way, selenite inhibits the entrance of viruses into the healthy cells and abolishes their infectivity. Therefore, this simple chemical compound can potentially be used in the recent battle against the coronavirus epidemic.

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    Published on: Apr 6, 2022 Pages: 1-3

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/aaa.000015
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