For people looking to improve their general health and well-being, Selenium is a perfect supplement. This powerful antioxidant can promote a healthy thyroid, it can help ward off illness and disease, it can free the body of toxins and free radicals, it can reduce LDL cholesterol, and much more besides. Read the full product description for more information.
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Selenium is a natural trace mineral which is considered to be essential. As it is considered essential, this basically means that the body needs it, but it cannot synthesize it naturally, so it must instead get it from dietary and/or supplement sources. Selenium functions as a very potent antioxidant, and what’s more, when combined with other nutrients, selenium’s health benefits really become apparent. The body requires fairly small amounts of selenium in order for it to naturally synthesize certain enzymes, which are required for countless other metabolic processes within the human body.
Selenium works in a number of different ways, because it provides so many different benefits to the human body. To begin with, selenium is required for the body to synthesize antioxidant-like enzymes known as selenoproteins which are vital for protecting the cells within the human body. On top of that, selenium has been found to help treat autoimmune thyroiditis, especially when consumed alongside a regular thyroid medicine. The fact that it functions as an antioxidant is also very important, due to the fact that selenium can help to protect against oxidation and cellular damage caused by free-radicals, which could eventually lead to cellular mutations to take place, resulting in cancer. Studies have found that people that regularly supplement with selenium, are less likely to suffer from certain forms of cancer, including lung cancer and skin cancer. It is also thought that selenium possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce hypertension and can alleviate signs and symptoms associated with arthritis.
Some of the primary benefits of selenium supplementation include the following:
Perhaps the most important benefit associated with selenium supplementation is the fact that selenium has been found to help provide anti-cancer benefits, and can therefore help protect against certain forms of cancer. Studies have found that in parts of the world where selenium levels are higher in the soil, skin cancer rates are much lower. The mineral can also help protect the cells against cancer as it functions as a powerful antioxidant.
As well as protecting against cancer, selenium has been found to protect against countless other illnesses and diseases as well, as a result of it boosting the immune system. The stronger the immune system is, the healthier the person is as a result.
Numerous studies have also revealed that selenium supplementation could help to promote a healthy thyroid and can help improve thyroid function. On top of that, it has been proven to reduce LDL cholesterol levels, which in turn, could help provide cardiovascular benefits and could protect against heart attacks, stroke, and more.
Other benefits include:
In order for optimal results to be achieved, experts recommend consuming between 55 and 70 micrograms of selenium per day, preferably with a whole food source for optimal absorption rates.
Health Canada Recommended Dose (capsules): Adults: 1 Capsule(s) 1 - 4 time(s) per day.
Selenium can be stacked with a number of other supplements designed to promote health and well-being, yet it stacks particularly well with vitamin E. When paired with vitamin E, selenium’s health benefits are actually increased, making it even more effective. A great stack for overall health and wellness could include the following: Selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C with added Zinc, Glucosamine, Omega 369, multi-vitamins.
Medicinal Ingredients (per capsule): Selenium (Selenomethionine) ..................................................................... 50 mcg
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Gelatin.
As with all new supplements, always consult your doctor before using any new products, and discontinue use immediately if you experience any adverse side effects. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should speak to their doctors before taking selenium, though it has been found to be safe for them, and beneficial in higher dosages. Pregnant women are advised to consume around 60 micrograms per day, whereas breastfeeding women are advised to consume around 70 micrograms per day. Though very safe, some users have experienced adverse side effects when using selenium supplements, especially when the recommended daily intake was exceeded. Potential side effects include the following:
Known Adverse Reactions: If you experience irritability or insomnia, discontinue use.
Contraindications: If you have bipolar disorder or bipolar spectrum disorder, do not use this product.
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