Selenium is one trace mineral with potent antioxidant which boosts the immune system. Antioxidants usually neutralize the waste products of metabolism and free radicals. When there are no enough antioxidants to neutralize them all, the immune system becomes weak and causes inflammation.
Selenium is the major building block of amino acids selenomethionine and selenoprotein. Selenoproteins are very potent antioxidants and help prevent antioxidant enzymes known as glutathione peroxide. These enzymes remove reactive oxygen species, hydrogen peroxide and organic hydrogen peroxide, thus increasing your tolerance for stress and slowing down aging. When your body is under stress, some reactions are sped up and when these responses occur, they create an abundance of waste products called free radicals. Antioxidants, like selenium, help increase tolerance for stress by neutralising these waste products before they can damage your cells. Selenium is a major component of a tumour-inhibiting protein. As such, selenium helps boost the body's natural defences against cancer.
Selenium also helps control the healthy function of the thyroid. The thyroid is an important part of your immune system as this is where your immune cells mature. The body also uses selenium in the formation of white blood cells. People with HIV, tuberculosis, or diabetes often have a deficiency of selenium as chronic immune activation wears down the immune system. Other illnesses that affect the white blood cell count may deplete selenium from the body.
Selenium helps protect the thyroid and regulates the production reactive oxygen and antibodies that react within the gland, which can create thyroid disease.
Per research, selenium may benefit patients with Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s disease and pregnant women with anti-TPO antibodies. Selenium supplement may be able to lower autoimmune reactions, lower inflammation and increase immunity in these cases.
Selenium complements some vitamins to strengthen their antioxidant properties and to control inflammation. Inflammation is a normal response intended to help the immune system. Vitamin E is enhanced by selenium to control runaway inflammation caused by diseases like lupus, arthritis or Crohn’s Disease. Vitamin C's ability to neutralize free radicals is greatly enhanced by selenium, making it a super antioxidant. Supplementing vitamins C and E with selenium will help fortify the immune system.
Although toxicity is rare, selenium can be taken at high doses, but you should consult your doctor before supplementing your diet with selenium and follow the recommended dosage given by the supplement manufacturer. A lack of selenium is not good, but the right amount works to prevent some disorders. Absorption of selenium can be negatively impacted by some illnesses, especially ones affecting the gastrointestinal tract.
A selenium supplement can certainly help strengthen the immune system by making sure the body has an adequate supply of selenium. This is particularly important to people with inflammatory illnesses, weakened immune systems and smokers.
The daily recommended selenium intake depends on your age, and you can take a tablet with a meal.
Children 4-13 years 40McG a day
Adults 200McG a day
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