alexa Selenium: relation to decreased toxicity of methylmercury added to diets containing tuna.


Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology

Author(s): Ganther HE, Goudie C, Sunde ML, Kopecky MJ, Wagner P

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Abstract Japanese quail given 20 parts per million of mercury as methylmercury in diets containing 17 percent (by weight) tuna survived longer than quail given this concentration of methylmercury in a corn-soya diet. Tuna has a relatively high content of selenium and tends to accumulate additional selenium when mercury is present. A content of selenium in the diet comparable to that supplied by tuna decreased methylmercury toxicity in rats. Selenium in tuna, far from being a hazard in itself, may lessen the danger to man of mercury in tuna.
This article was published in Science and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology

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