Why Selenium Is Important For Our Body?

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Why selenium is important for our body?

Hello everybody!!

Our bodies are complex and need various substances to function properly. One among these substances is mineral selenium. It is needed by the body in trace quantities but is very essential.

Why selenium is important for our body?

selenium for health

  1. Antioxidant property

Selenium is required for the proper functioning of a group of enzymes that act as antioxidants. You know how important antioxidants are for our well being as they protect the body cells from free radical damage.

  1. Supporting the thyroid

Selenium helps in proper thyroid functioning. Studies have shown that the thyroid doesn’t work properly even if a person is on a low-selenium diet for two months.

  1. Detoxification

It detoxifies the body from unwanted heavy metals and protects from their harmful effects.

  1. Improves mental health

Selenium is essential for mental wellness. Selenium along with silicon is known to provide a sense of joy and happiness to the mind.

  1. Heart friendly

It lowers the bad cholesterol in our body. It also protects the body from diseases of the heart.

  1. Anti- cancer

It protects from certain kinds of cancers.

How to get selenium from food?

food rich in selenium for health

  • Brazil Nuts It has unbelievably high selenium content. Having 1-2 nuts a day can provide you sufficient selenium. The nuts are native to South America. They are not grown in India but you can purchase them online.   
  • Sunflower Seeds- These can be eaten as a healthy snack. 35 grams of sunflower seeds contain 33.7% selenium.
  • Fishes like tuna, sardines, and salmon contain selenium in them.
  • Meats like beef, liver, lamb, pork are also rich in selenium. If you are a vegetarian then you can opt for vegetarian sources.
  • Chicken and turkey are rich in this trace mineral.
  • Eggs- The wonder food has selenium in it. It is the yolk where majority of the selenium is found. You get selenium indirectly from egg. It goes this way- plants get selenium from the soil, grains of the plants are consumed by hens and thus eggs laid by the hens contain selenium.
  • Grains like wheat germ, oats, barley, brown rice are also good sources. They get selenium from the soil and naturally the grains are also a part of the plant. So, they have selenium content in them.
  • Spinach, soybeans, lima beans, asparagus, mushrooms, black-eyed peas and onions are relatively good sources of selenium. Good news for vegetarians!
  • Fruit lovers can eat bananas, mango, avocado, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, melons and oranges.

Deficiency of selenium

If you eat a balanced diet you are less likely to get develop deficiency of any kind. The symptoms of selenium deficiency are :

  • Fatigue– Both physical and mental fatigue are a sign of selenium deficiency. Tiredness and inability to do day to day activities are symbolic of this deficiency.
  • Hypothyroidism– Deficiency of selenium can affect the thyroid. Signals include heart palpitations, moisture on skin, emotional disturbance, and light sensitivity.
  • Reproductive issues– Women suffering from this deficiency may face changes in their monthly periods pattern or if they are pregnant chances are that they face miscarriage.

There is also a selenium deficiency disease called Keshan disease that affects the heart.

So be aware of your health and don’t ignore any sign of deficiency. Include a lot of selenium rich food in your diet but take care not to overdo it.

Take care!

Give your body the selenium it needs !

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