Selenium is an important nutrient that is vital for the body. It is important for the reproduction system, keeping the thyroid gland functioning properly, production of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), and for protecting your body from damaged caused by infections and free radicals. Selenium aids the body in making a unique protein known as antioxidant enzymes. This protein is used in preventing cell damage.
The average person over the age of 14 can get the required amount of Selenium IF they eat food grown in soil that is rich in Selenium. Unfortunately most American eat-on-the-go processed foods. Therefore, many people are not getting the recommended daily amount of Selenium – which is why a supplement is necessary.
Since it is not as common as other minerals, Selenium is often overlooked, but it is a very important nutrient for people. However, the human body is unable to produce Selenium on its own; therefore, it must be obtained through foods or supplements. When the adult body does not get the recommended daily dose of 55 micrograms of Selenium, the eyes and heart functions suffer. Additionally, without this important mineral, the immune and reproduction systems will also suffer, because Selenium helps to produce proteins and enzymes that are used to support heart health and strengthen the immune system.
Selenium deficiency symptoms may include:
- Keshan Disease which affects the heart muscle.
- Kashin-Beck which is linked to bone diseases.
- Myxedematous endemic cretinism could result in mental disabilities.
People with autoimmune thyroid diseases such as Graves or Hashimoto will benefit greatly from a consistent daily dose of Selenium that is only achieved by taking our supplement.
Selenium rich foods include: Brazil nuts and Shiitake mushrooms. However, the problem occurs because the amount of selenium found in plant-based foods will vary depending on the amount of selenium is in the soil. For instance, brazil nuts grown in different parts of Brazil will have different amounts of selenium in them. Due to this undetermined variety of selenium levels, supplements are highly recommended to get an even daily dose.