Vitamin E and Selenium for Tuberculosis?

Effect of vitamin E and selenium supplementation on oxidative stress status in pulmonary tuberculosis patients…

The results of a recent study published in the journal, Respirology (2008), suggest that supplementation with selenium and Vitamin E may enhance antioxidant status in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis who are receiving standard medication treatment.

Study Background:

” Increased production of reactive oxygen species secondary to phagocyte respiratory burst occurs in pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). The present study evaluated the efficacy of vitamin E-selenium supplementation on oxidative stress in newly diagnosed patients treated for pulmonary TB.”

Study Intervention:

“The intervention group (n = 17) received vitamin E and selenium (vitamin E: 140 mg alpha-tocopherol and selenium: 200 microg).”

Study Conclusions:

A 2-month intervention with vitamin E and selenium supplementation reduces oxidative stress and enhances total antioxidant status in patients with pulmonary TB treated with standard chemotherapy.”

Reference:

  1. Seyedrezazadeh E, Ostadrahimi A, Mahboob S, Assadi Y, Ghaemmagami J, Pourmogaddam M.  Effect of vitamin E and selenium supplementation on oxidative stress status in pulmonary tuberculosis patients.  Respirology. 2008 Mar;13(2):294-8.