Selenium is a trace element present in traces in the body but nevertheless essential. especially for its antioxidant role, in association with vitamins A, C and E, with which it acts in synergy. Not being manufactured by the body, it must be provided daily via the diet



Selenium is involved in the activity of various antioxidant enzymes that are very important for protect our cells against radicals free, especially when we excessively expose our bodies to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, the sun, air pollution or stress. It is also involved in hormonal metabolism because it plays a key role in the activity of the thyroid gland, especially in activation of thyroid hormones (T3). Selenium is also involved in protein synthesis and the inflammation process. It thus participates in the normal functioning of the immune system.



Because of its resemblance to tellurium referring to Earth, selenium was named in honor of Selene, goddess of the moon in Greek mythology.



We find selenium in meat, offal, seafood, fish, whole grains, oilseeds and some fruits and vegetabless (oranges, pears, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli ...). It is important to note that plant sources are good sources of selenium only if they come from regions with soils rich in it, which is not always the case .... Likewise for animal sources, including Selenium content is directly related to animal feed.



Excesses of selenium are very rare, the latter being able to become pro-oxidant only in the event of extreme overdoses. Deficiencies can be found in certain categories of the population, such aselderly people, people with problems with intestinal absorption, vegetarians, smokers, athletes or people living in regions with poor selenium soils ... 



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