Selenium is a trace element, found to be of dubious availability in most soils.┬á ┬áDietary 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.