Selenium is a not very well known element in nature. It’s not frequently mentioned in relation to human health, but its role in the body is still irreplaceable. It protects us against civilization diseases, among other dangers.
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Selenium is present in many metabolic reactions and is a very strong antioxidant, meaning that it protects the body from dangerous free radicals. Apart from this, it’s also one of the strongest substances that reduce the risk of developing cancer, as was proven by many studies, some of them independent. These studies point at selenium’s protective abilities, mainly when combined with calcium, against not only cancer but also heart and circulatory diseases, rheumatism, and cataracts, though when combined with multivitamin preparations it actually increases the risk of developing prostate cancer, as was discovered.
This mineral activates the hormones in the thyroid gland, which is why it’s vitally important in helping the body grow and evolve normally. It is important for reproductive abilities, because it affect the movement of sperm. Women who have a shortage of selenium, especially in the early stages of pregnancy have a higher chance of miscarrying.
Selenium acts as a preventive against cataracts and muscular degeneration in elderly people. Sekenium is important during acute inflammatory diseases as well as during autoimmune diseases. It boosts resistance against viral and bacterial infections, and together with vitamin E it maintains the elasticity of cellular tissue while also helping the heart muscle use oxygen to the fullest.
Furthermore, it reduces blood coagulation and plays a role in muscle metabolism. It nourishes the nerves and makes some chronic diseases like psoriasis, hives or rheumatic arthritis milder. It is more than suitable for aching joints; that’s why many elderly people consume it in higher doses. Selenium is also frequently used in the cosmetic industry. Its ability to reduce wrinkles and support the elasticity of the skin is well known. When applied on hair, it helps remove dandruff.
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