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The relationship between Selenium and Weight loss is weak. Selenium ranks 154 of 1205 Weight loss treatments we have analyzed.

Weight loss, in the context of medicine, health, or physical fitness is a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon, and other connective tissue. It can occur unintentionally due to an underlying disease or can arise from a conscious effort to improve an actual or perceived overweight or obese state. "Unexplained" weight loss that is not caused by reduction in calorific intake or excercise is called cachexia and may be a symptom of a serious medical condition. Intentional weight loss is commonly referred to as slimming.1

Selenium is a chemical element with symbol Se and atomic number 34. It is a nonmetal with properties that are intermediate between those of its periodic table column-adjacent chalcogen elements sulfur and tellurium. It rarely occurs in its elemental state in nature, or as pure ore compounds. Selenium (Greek σελήνη selene meaning "Moon") was discovered in 1817 by Jöns Jacob Berzelius, who noted the similarity of the new element to the previously known tellurium (named for the Earth).2

Strength of evidence

Selenium for Weight loss ranks in the bottom 11% of condition-treatment relationships we analyzed.

Importantly, we found 5 studies that were randomized and controlled. Such studies are considered the most rigorous, and help to establish or disprove a cause-and-effect relationship between prospective treatments and conditions. So there may be some good evidence on which to make a decision about using Selenium for Weight loss.

Amount of research

The relationship between Weight loss and Selenium has been little researched. We found 78 research articles on the topic. This places the volume of research in the bottom 20% of condition-treatment relationships we have analyzed.

Research trends

Are researchers becoming more or less interested in Selenium for Weight loss? The pace of research appears to be increasing.

Registered clinical trials

We found no registered clinical trials investigating Selenium for Weight loss.

Important caveat—help improve this information

Please note that our analysis is automated and imperfect. If you have personal insight, please help improve our analysis by rating this relationship and the research supporting it. And check back regularly; we last analyzed research for this relationship on September 07, 2014 @3:07AM, and are constantly updating our database and algorithms.

Other names
Selenium for Weight loss is also known as Element 34 for Abnormal loss of weight, Element 34 for Abnormal weight loss, Element 34 for Fat loss, Element 34 for How to lose weight, Element 34 for Involuntary weight loss, Element 34 for Lose weight, Element .

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