SeleniumVital antioxidant, especially when combined with Vitamin E. Protects the immune system by preventing the formation of free radicals that can damage the body. It is a trace mineral that is essential to good health but required only in small amounts. It is taken into the body in water and foods. The content of selenium in food depends on the selenium content of the soil where plants are grown or animals are raised.

Selenium is an essential component of the glutathione peroxidase antioxidant system and also plays an important role in thyroid hormone metabolism. Many studies have shown that selenium is important for maintaining prostate health. Selenium has also been shown to help a healthy immune system.

Studies have shown a decline in serum selenium level in healthy South Australian adults. The selenium intake status of New Zealanders remains low compared with populations of many other countries. Ensuring adequate intake of selenium in highly bioavailable form is of paramount importance.

Vital role of Selenium:

Low levels of Selenium found in people who:

Symptoms of deficiency has not been determined yet.

Recommended Daily Intake: RDI as per UMM



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Time March 13, 2013 at 12:49 am

[...] by oxidation. The main antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E, and the minerals copper, zinc and selenium. Eventhough each of these nutrient has its own health benefit, it works well when it all [...]

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