What is Selenium and why is it so important?
Why do we need Selenium?
Selenium is very important for antioxidant defence, immunity, thyroid hormone metabolism, and it prevents damage to cells and tissues.
Where can we get Selenium from?
Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, lentils, whole grains, pasta, bread and white rice.
How much Selenium do we need?
The amount of selenium that men aged between 19-64 years need, is 0.075mg. Women in the same age range need 0.06mg per day.
What happens if we have too much Selenium?
Too much selenium causes selenosis, which in its mildest form, can result in loss of hair, skin and nails.
What does the Department of Health have to say about Selenium?
“You should be able to get all the selenium you need by eating a varied and balanced diet that includes meat, fish or nuts. If you take selenium supplements, it's important not to take too much as this could be harmful. Taking 0.35mg or less a day of selenium supplements is unlikely to cause any harm.”
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