Selenium is a trace element, found to be of dubious availability in most soils.   Dietary Selenium deficiency has now been linked to diseases such as cancer, arthritis, AIDS and heart disease, here is an update.

IMPROVED THYROID FUNCTION – Selenium has been found to be the second most essential trace element after Iodine, required for thyroid hormone synthesis, activation and metabolism.

REDUCED PROSTATE CANCER RISK – Research reveals that higher intakes of Selenium may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

IMPROVED SPERM MOTILITY – The selenoprotein in sperm is vital to the energy which enables sperm to swim vigorously.

REDUCED LIVER CANCER RISK – In Taiwan, researchers have found that there is a link between low dietary intake of Selenium and liver cell cancer among men with chronic hepatitis, this is particularly so among smokers.

BOWEL CANCER SYMPTOM IMPROVEMENT – Patients with primary colorectal cancer given Selenium, reported an improvement in quality of life and a decrease in physical complaints.

REDUCED KIDNEY FAILURE IN INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE SYNDROME – Selenium replacement in patients with systemic inflammation appears to improve clinical outcome and to reduce the incidence of acute renal failure requiring dialysis.

IMPROVED CARDIAC FUNCTION – Selenium may prevent heart muscle failure and supplementation may reduce hypertension.

It is possible to take too much Selenium and suffer side effects of over-dosage and toxicity, hence the importance of seeking advice from a health professional.

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