10 Secrets About Selenium - Blog

10 Secrets About Selenium - Blog

Selenium is another one of those minerals you don't hear much about.

It's not because it's truly secret information. We should be talking about Selenium all the time! It's an essential trace mineral found in human tissue, mostly in skeletal muscles, and in different foods. It’s considered to deliver numerous health benefits to your body including playing a critical role in metabolism and thyroid function, and helping to protect your body from damage caused by oxidative stress.

A mound of the mineral Selenium

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Selenium may help boost your immune system, slow age-related mental decline, and even reduce your risk of heart disease. It is important for reproduction, thyroid function, and DNA production.

Selenium is a particularly important mineral because it supports the function of several systems including the endocrine, immune, and cardiovascular systems. The thyroid, part of the endocrine system, is the organ with the highest concentration of selenium per weight of organ tissue.

How did Selenium get its name?

Glowing full moon in dark sky

 

Selenium (Se) was first discovered over 200 years ago by Swedish chemist Baron Jöns Jacob Berzelius. He noted that the new element was similar to tellurium (named for the Latin word for Earth) so he called it Selenium from the Ancient Greek selḗnē "Moon."

 

 

Where is Selenium found?

Selenium is found in varying concentrations in soil. It's found in foods such as Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and garlic, but the amount in any given food depends on the selenium content of the soil in which it was grown.

It's also found in:

•    Oysters
•    Halibut
•    Yellowfin tuna
•    Eggs
•    Sardines
•    Chicken breast
•    Shiitake mushrooms
•    Liver
•    Beef
•    Lamb
•    Cottage cheese 
•    Navy beans
•    Oats

Foods high in selenium featuring fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and eggs

 

 

 

Selenium may help to:

Boost immune health

Fight viral and bacterial infections (1)

Reduce asthma symptoms

Regulate thyroid functions

Prevent cognitive decline

Prevent cardiovascular disease

Increase longevity

Boost fertility

So now you know 10+ secrets about selenium!

    

If you'd like to check out some products that contain selenium, please visit these links:

First Response by Dynamic Nutritional Associates
MultiMedica for Men by NuMedica
MultiMedica for Women by NuMedica

 

 


 

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