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Selenium and Adverse Health Conditions of Human Pregnancy

  • Margaret P. RaymanEmail author
Chapter

Abstract

There is evidence that selenium affects a number of adverse pregnancy health conditions. While higher selenium status has been associated with a lower risk of miscarriage and preterm birth, the level of evidence is stronger for a benefit of higher selenium intake/status in preeclampsia and autoimmune thyroid disease characterized by raised thyroid peroxidase antibodies. The ability of selenium to reduce oxidative stress, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and inflammation, to protect the endothelium, to control eicosanoid production, to regulate vascular tone, and to reduce infection is likely to be important in the context of these conditions.

Keywords

Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Preterm Birth Autoimmune Thyroid Disease Selenium Deficiency Selenium Supplementation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgements

I gratefully acknowledge helpful collaborations with Prof. Victor Pop and Prof. Chris Redman and financial support from the Wellcome Trust, the Waterloo Foundation, Pharma Nord, and Wassen International.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUK

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