Paradise nut paradox: alopecia due to selenosis from a nutritional therapy

Int J Trichology. 2012 Oct;4(4):283-4. doi: 10.4103/0974-7753.111206.


Selenium is a micronutrient. It presents a nutritional conundrum because of its twin status as an essential as well as a highly toxic trace element. Here, we report a case of acute non-intentional selenium toxicity due to increased ingestion of "paradise nuts" (Lecythis ollaria) which resulted in massive alopecia.

Keywords: Alopecia; Lecythis ollaria; alternative medicine; nutritional therapy; paradise nuts; plant medicine; selenium toxicity.

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