What is selenium?

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2013-04-23 13:20:25

Selenium is essential to the immune system and thyroid

gland, Selenium is one of the essential trace minerals in

the human body. This nutrient is an important part of

antioxidant enzymes that protect cells against the effects of free

radicals that are produced during normal oxygen metabolism. It is

also a rare mineral used in technology.

Selenium was discovered in 1817 by Jöns Jakob Berzelius

Selenium is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins

that are important antioxidant enzymes. Other selenoproteins help

regulate thyroid function and play a role in the immune system.

Selenium is an important co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme

glutathione-peroxidase, which helps boost the immune system,

protect against cardiovascular disease, improve fertility, ward off

the growth of cancerous cells, and increase thyroid metabolism.

Selenium is also important for detoxification enzymes.

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