Selenium is a trace mineral that is a key player in several functions your body performs daily. The greatest concentrations are found in the thyroid gland. Selenium is a component of the enzyme that helps convert T4 to T3, producing the active form of thyroid hormone that your body needs.
Selenium also plays an important role in prostate health, helping to maintain healthy levels of Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) which is the marker for prostate cancer. Doctors like to see those levels nice and low. Canadian men are encouraged to have their PSA levels checked when they turn forty, the age when prostate cancer screening becomes imperative for most men.
Selenium also plays a big role in reproduction and DNA synthesis – and a whole lot more!
Although selenium is a mineral, it acts as an antioxidant as well by enhancing Vitamin E’s antioxidant activity and also helps replenish glutathione peroxidase, the body’s main free radical scavenger. Glutathione Peroxidase protects us from oxidative damage that can result from stress, radiation, pollution and infections. Now that’s one busy mineral!
A selenium deficiency is quite uncommon, so why supplement you ask? Well, for a couple of reasons. First, there are some people who do in fact have a selenium deficiency due to a poor diet and conditions like Crohn’s disease that impair absorption of the nutrients your body needs to heal and thrive. Second, many studies tell us that having selenium levels above the RDI (recommended daily intake) is when it starts to have therapeutic effects, like lowering PSA for example.
Selenium (Albion® Selenium Glycinate Complex)
Vegetable-grade magnesium stearate, vegetable capsule, microcrystalline cellulose. No binders.
Directions & Cautions
Selenium Glycinate 200 is a source of antioxidants to help protect against oxidative stress.
Adults - Take one capsule per day or as directed by a healthcare practitioner
Cautions & Warnings
As with any natural health product, you should consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use of this product, especially if you have a history of non-melanoma skin cancer. Do not use if seal is broken. Keep out of reach of children.