Information on Selenium
Selenium is an essential trace mineral and is of fundamental importance to human health.
Selenium is one of the constituents of selenoproteins and has structural and enzymic roles. Selenium is best-known for its antioxidant properties and a catalyst for the production of active thyroid hormone.
Selenium is required for the proper performance of the immune system, and is believed to be a key nutrient in counteracting the development of virulence and inhibiting HIV progressing to AIDS.
Selenium is necessary for sperm motility and is believed to reduce the risk of miscarriage.
Selenium deficiency has also been linked to adverse mood states.
The link between selenium deficiency and heart disease have been equivocal. However there have been links established between oxidative stress and inflammation showing the benefits of higher selenium levels.
Higher selenium intake may be associated with reduced cancer risk. Large clinical trials are now planned to confirm or refute this hypothesis.
Low or diminishing selenium levels in some parts of the world, notably in some European countries, is a concern.
Selenium prevents ventricular tachycardia, is a hypolipidemic, and improves diabetic symptoms, congestive heart failure, and cardiomyopathy.
Cardiomyopathy is any disease that affects the structure and function of the heart. For example, the heart may become disabled as fibrous tissue partially replaces the heart muscle. The fibrous tissue degrades the heart’s performance and the blood no longer moves efficiently.
The World Health Organization recognizes cardiomyopathy as a selenium deficiency. French researchers showed that chronic heart failure (associated with oxidative stress) appears to be relieved by selenium supplementation.
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