NUTRITION WHY’S #36: WHY SELENIUM? Selenium is a trace mineral found in soil and plants and humans use Selenium to support their defense against damage from oxygen.

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NUTRITION WHY’S #36: WHY SELENIUM? Selenium is a trace mineral found in soil and plants and humans use Selenium to support their defense against damage from oxygen. We need to breathe oxygen which is about 20% of the air we breathe, but our bodies during the process of turning food into energy generate oxygen atoms with a single free electron. This atom’s free electron can damage the the cells of our body and the DNA in our genes. DNA damage by oxygen is one way our cells age prematurely. A key enzyme defending our bodies is called Glutathione Peroxidase which converts hydrogen peroxide (bleach) into water as part of our defense against oxygen radicals. It also helps the body use the power of oxygen radicals to form thyroid hormone and to kill bacteria and other invaders using the immune system. This enzyme depends on adequate Selenium and the amount you get depends on the soil in which garlic (the most famous source), and other vegetables like broccoli are grown. The daily requirement is 55 micrograms per day. You may not be getting enough from your diet so you may need a supplement. Selenium is found in multivitamins and supplements with Selenium in doses between 50 and 200 micrograms.#drdavidheber #selenium #oxygen #enzymes #garlic #brocoli to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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