Top 6 Benefits of Selenium

ways and is abundant in Brazil nuts? Selenium is an important mineral for


your body and only a small amount is needed (the recommended daily intake is 55 micrograms (mcg)). Due to poor soil, taking certain pharmaceutical drugs such as statins and the normal aging process, selenium is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in the world. Selenium is linked to many healthy

outcomes, including protection from dis- eases and reduction of disease symptoms. An easy way to help ensure your selenium level is optimal is to eat several Brazil nuts every day.

id you know that selenium, an essential mineral, has the ability to protect your health in multiple

Six Top Benefits of Selenium

1. Antioxidant and Reduces Oxidative Stress

As an antioxidant, selenium is even

more beneficial than vitamins A, C, D and E and helps to decrease oxidative stress, which is the result of an imbalance in the body between free radicals and antioxi- dants.

Oxidative stress contributes to a vari-

ety of diseases such as diabetes, athero- sclerosis (hardening of the blood vessels), inflammatory conditions, high blood pres- sure, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson's and Al- zheimer's) and cancers and contributes to aging.

Supplementing with selenium was

reviewed in 13 studies showing significant impact on three antioxidant markers, thus reducing oxidative stress. Eating Brazil nuts (approximately

three per day for 12 weeks) was found to increase plasma selenium, increase enzy- matic antioxidant activity of glutathione peroxidase and reduce oxidation in low- density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in a study of 91 patients with high blood pres- sure and problematic lipid profiles.

2. Boosts Skin Health In a meta-analysis of 27 studies with

a total of 1,315 patients and 7,181 healthy controls, selenium levels were found to be low in patients with four skin diseases: psoriasis, acne vulgaris, chloric acne and atopic dermatitis. Another research study of DNA repro-

Gina Davis, FNP-C Gina Davis is a Board-Certified

gramming of inflammatory cells confirms that higher selenium levels may instill protective properties for genes important for psoriasis prevention and treatment. Selenium was also found to be ben- Gina Davis, FNP-C

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eficial in the treatment of psoriasis in a systematic review of research. In addition, selenium has been related to improve- ments in skin aging (skin elasticity and skin roughness). Blood glutathione peroxidase (low

levels indicate increased damage to cell membranes due to accumulation of free radicals and signify low selenium levels) was measured in 61 healthy subjects and 506 patients with various skin disorders (i.e., psoriasis, eczema, atopic dermatitis, vasculitis, mycosis fungoides and derma- titis herpetiformis, pemphigoid, acne conglobata, polymyositis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematodes) and supplementation with

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