Selenium is one of nature best kept secrets and gift to women. We need only small amounts of this amazing mineral, but it has huge effects on our health. It act with vitamin E as a nonspecific antioxidant to protect cell membrane and tissue.
Selenium protects us against many health problems which are associated with the aging process, such as certain types of cancer and osteoarthritis. More than that though, it is vital to the normal functioning of our thyroid. Since women are more prone to thyroid problems, selenium is especially important to us.
This mineral also helps in regeneration of liver , alleviating hot flushes in menopausal distress .
Selenium is one of those nutrients that when used in the right amounts in your food it can make big changes and that is really exciting. It reminds us how vitally important our diets are to our overall health and well-being. So now let take a quick look together at this important nutrient.
The problems which selenium deficiency can cause are made more serious when another key nutrient, iodine, is low as well. Iodine is a nutrient that is much better known for its role in thyroid health. Selenium is crucial in aiding the body to recycle iodine. A selenium deficiency coupled with an iodine deficiency is likely to lead to thyroid imbalance.
This happens because selenium is a chief component of the molecules which are necessary for your body to be able to create and use thyroid hormones, called seleno-proteins.
- They directly regulate thyroid hormone production
- They support the conversion of thyroxine (T4) to triiodothyronine (T3).
- They protect the thyroid tissues whenever it is affected by stress %u2013 this happens almost constantly!
Symptoms of low selenium levels
- Muscle pain or weakness
- Discoloration of hair or skin
- Whitening of the beds of your fingernails
Recommended daily Allowance :
- Men - 40-70 mcg
- Women - 45-65 mcg , Preg.& Lact. Wo. - 75 mcgChildren - 20-30 mcgInfants - 10-15 mcg
Sources of selenium
whole grains wheat, wheat germs , oats , barley , whole wheat bread , brown rice are the good source of Selenium
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