Vital antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E. Protects the immune system by preventing the formation of free radicals that can damage the body. Vital role in regulating the effects of thyroid hormone on fat metabolism.
One study found that men who took selenium daily over a ten year period had roughly half the risk of lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer as compared with men who did not take selenium.
Principle function is to inhibit the oxidation of fats. Supports healthy functioning of cell membranes and pancreatic function. Works with Vitamin E as a very powerful antioxidant.
Has shown promise in the treatment of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, male infertility, cataracts, AIDS, and high blood pressure.
Deficiency can result in: Heart disease, cancer, exhaustion, growth impairment, high cholesterol levels, infections, liver impairment, sterility, poor growth, dry flaky scalp, muscular weakness and discomfort, and skin problems.