What is selenium?
Selenium is a mineral found in soil, water, and some foods. It is required in trace amounts for normal health, and is an essential element in several metabolic pathways.
Why is selenium necessary?
Selenium has antioxidant properties that help the body prevent cellular damage from free radicals, and one of its most valuable roles is as a cofactor of an important antioxidant enzyme in the body called glutathione peroxidase. Selenium also helps support a strong immune system, regulates thyroid function, and may help reduce the risk of prostate and secondary cancers.*
How Can selenium support thyroid function?
A disruption in thyroid functioning can cause problems with appetite‚ mood‚ and sleep. Some over-the-counter supplements are thought to help people suffering from these issues. Selenium (a natural mineral) is used in the body to regulate the thyroid hormone; as a result‚ it may help prevent and treat mild hypothyroidism (a condition characterized by an underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid). Unfortunately‚ simply incorporating foods that contain selenium into your diet may not provide sufficient levels to promote thyroid health.