Selenium and the Qualified Health Claim

Selenium, trademarked as SelenoExcell®, is the only nutrient to have a qualified health claim (QHC) for certain cancers, approved in 2003 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. So what exactly does that mean? Like health claims, qualified health claims are pre-market approval of the claim assessing the relationship between a substance and a disease. However, qualified health claims are based on less scientific evidence than is needed for authorized health claims and requires accompanying disclaimers or qualified wording, so as not to mislead consumers. 

After significant review, the FDA approved the following qualified health claims for selenium:

  1. Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. However, FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive.
  2. Selenium may produce anti-carcinogenic effects in the body. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may produce anti-carcinogenic effects in the body. However, FDA has determined that his evidence is limited and not conclusive. 

This level of best practice and highly scrutinized scientific compliance is unique in dietary supplements. Cypress Systems Inc. standardized SelenoExcell to this level so it would meet the National Cancer Institute's requirements that were equal to the intervention agent used in the groundbreaking Nutrition Prevention Cancer Trial published in JAMA in 1996. This required certification of SelenoExcell selenium as 100 percent organically bound, with no free inorganic selenium, and it is fingerprinted for identification by the American Type Culture Council. Claims for nutritional supplements are complex, and it's important to get it right. Cypress met this standard because this is who we are and what we do. Our products are research-based and not marketing hype. Working with an expert like Cypress and an ingredient that is the gold standard for scientific evidence ensures your products will meet that standard as well. 

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