Selenium

WHY DO WE NEED SELENIUM?

Selenium is a mineral substance that we must obtain through diet. The amount of selenium in
the soil affects how much selenium is contained in our food.

Our body contains 13-30 mg of selenium. The selenium  belongs to mineral substances  called essential trace elements, which are found in the most vital parts of our body platelet gland liver kidneyshearted muscles.

What does the Selenium do for the body and why is it so important?

Selenium is an antioxidant that has the function of protecting and preventing cells from  oxidative stress.

 

What other essential functions and tasks does Selenium contribute to our body:

  1. Helps Maintain normal hair and nails
  2. Helps Normal functioning of the immune system
  3. Normal functioning of the thyroid gland
  4. Protect cells from oxidative stress
  5. Protect cells from oxidative stress

Selenium is bound to the proteins in ourbody, which are part of the body’s own antioxidant defense. An example of an antioxidant produced in the body that needs selenium to function is glutathionperoxidase.

Glutathionperoxidase is necessary to prevent the fat in the body from harnessing (oxidation /degradation). Therefore, ingestion of selenium can help protect  and prevent cells from oxidative stress.

 

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