Vitamin Spotlight – Selenium

Enjoy the benefits of selenium!  Studies have shown that people with fibromyalgia are low in antioxidants.  Selenium is a trace mineral essential to humans.  An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules to prevent free radical damage.  Selenium can also help against the toxicity from mercury, cadmium and silver.  Some studies suggest that selenium may reduce the incidence of cancer and cataracts.  It also functions in thyroid hormone metabolism.

Because it boosts the body’s antioxidant capacity, selenium is thought to have some ability to control cell damage that may lead to cancer. Selenium may even act in other ways to stop early cancer cells in their development. A recent study also suggested that selenium may enhance immune function, at least in those healthy adults with relatively low blood selenium. So far based on the evidence of animal and epidemiological studies, the role of selenium and cancer is probably the most significant for prostate cancer.

Symptoms of Selenium Deficiency:

·         Muscle cramps

·         Growth retardation

·         Accelerated aging

·         Abnormal nail beds

·         Heart enlargement

·         Cataract and heart disease

·         May lead to cancer

Daily requirement — 50 to 200 micrograms

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