Vitamin E and selenium: contrasting and interacting nutritional determinants of host resistance to parasitic and viral infections.

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Beneficial effects of trace amounts of dietary Se were first observed in vitamin E-deficient rats so that a strong metabolic interaction between these two micronutrients was apparent since the initial discovery of the nutritional value of Se (Schwarz & Foltz, 1957). Later work showed that Se and vitamin E tended to spare one another's requirement for the prevention of certain nutritional deficiency diseases (e.g. exudative diathesis in chicks, see Thompson & Scott, 1969). However, there...
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