Research has began to show that when mice are given a selenium supplement they get health benefits such as protection against obesity that comes from a poor diet. Researchers have also found that a way to improve the health span of a mammal is to consume amino acid methionine and this also causes them to develop less pathologies as they get older. While more research needs to be done, the researchers believe that these types of diets may be able to translate to humans as well.
- Restricting intake of the amino acid methionine can lead to health benefits.
- Research on mice has shown that selenium supplementation can protect against obesity.
- Just like reducing methionine intake, selenium-supplemented diets inhibit the signaling of the hormone IGF-1.
“Researchers have shown that mice receiving selenium supplementation experience health span benefits, including protection against diet-induced obesity.”