How Selenium benefits our immune system
What is Selenium?
Selenium is found in most cells in the body and is a significant trace element that is present in soil. This means your body only needs a small amount to be beneficial. It contributes to the normal function of the immune system as well as the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
Do I need to take Selenium?
It’s recommended that men and women take 55μg of selenium per day.
Good sources of Selenium
We only need a small amount of Selenium to maintain a healthy immune system. Good sources include meat, seafood, Brazil nuts, eggs and whole grains, however
the amount of Selenium depends on how present it was in the soil. The processing of food destroys the Selenium present therefore a varied diet of unrefined food is the easiest way of obtaining it.
However, people who suffer from certain conditions connected with low Selenium levels such as Crohn’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis may find a Selenium supplement beneficial. While supplementing your diet with Selenium can be beneficial in some cases, the NHS recommends taking no more than 0.35mg a day. Since Selenium has antioxidant properties it can also be helpful in reducing the destructive effects of free radicals which damage the body’s cells, especially if combined with vitamin E.
Effects of Selenium on medical conditions
Researchers at China’s The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Centre investigated the link between low Selenium in soil and the
prevalence of thyroid disease. By comparing two counties, one with adequate Selenium in the soil, and one with low Selenium they found that the risk of thyroid
disease in the low Selenium was 69 percent higher than the adequate Selenium County.
Supplementing with Selenium
Seven Seas Perfect7 Man is a blend of Natural Source Marine Oil with Omega-3. It is tailored to 7 areas of health including immune function and contains 25 μg of Selenium.