Selenium - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources
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What is Selenium?
In the 1990s there was a great deal of heightened interest generated in a comparatively little known trace mineral named Selenium. Nearly all of the selenium in animal tissue is found in the proteins. Some of these proteins contain stoichiometric quantities of selenium and are known as selenoproteins. Other proteins contain variable amounts of selenium (which substitutes sulfur randomly in the original protein) and are known as selenium-binding proteins. Selenium plays a vital role in regulating the effects of thyroid hormone on fat metabolism . It has also been found to function as a preventive against the formation of certain types of tumors. One study found that men who took 200 micrograms of selenium daily over a ten-year period had roughly half the risk of developing lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer as compared with men who did not.
Uses and Benefits of Selenium
Recommended Dosage of Selenium
The Recommended Dosage for Selenium are :-
Deficiency Symptoms of Selenium
Toxicity: May include "garlic" breath, loss of hair, fingernails and toenails, irritability, liver and kidney impairment, metallic taste in mouth, dermatitis and jaundice. Large overdoses can cause death.
Rich Food Sources of Selenium
Kelp/dulse, garlic, mushrooms, organic vegetables, grains, broccoli, onions, brazil nuts. Herbs that contain selenium include alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, fennel seed, fenugreek.
Toxic sources: Soil. Also, the refining of flour removes much of the selenium that is concentrated in the germ and bran. It is important to eat whole-grain products, since the selenium is not added back into "enriched" flour.
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