Selenium

While we all strive to maintain optimal health levels, the stresses of daily life mean that it can sometimes pose a challenge to incorporate enough minerals and nutrients in our diets. We offer a comprehensive range of supplements including Selenium tablets to help prevent nutrient deficiency.

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Selenium supplements

What is Selenium?

Selenium is a crucial mineral, commonly found in soil and whole foods such as seafood, nuts, eggs and meat. The soil content and Selenium levels in food grown in that soil differs from country to country and is mostly low in the UK and Europe.

According to the NHS and other sources this antioxidant is important for a variety of biological functions.

What are the benefits of Selenium?

The NHS states that Selenium helps:

  • The immune system to work properly;
  • Reproductive function;
  • Prevent damage to cells and tissues.

Selenium has been linked to the improvement of many different disorders, including the role that a selenium deficiency plays in cancer risk. Trials have shown a considerable reduction in cancer mortality in patients taking selenium supplements. Supplementation has also been encouraged for other health conditions including:

  • Multiple sclerosis;
  • Muscular dystrophy;
  • SIDS;
  • Cystic fibrosis;
  • Down's syndrome;
  • And faulty immune responses.

Who can take Selenium?

Selenium is needed in everyone's diet in order to maintain a healthy balance. Most people should be able to achieve the appropriate levels through their food intake, with a recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 60-75 micrograms. However, in the past 30 years, studies have shown that the average daily intake of Selenium in the UK has been falling, estimated to be an average 39 micrograms a day in 1997.

While it is best to attain your nutrient levels through a healthy and varied diet, this is not always easy to achieve, and so Selenium tablets and pills are available for both men and women who wish to meet their RDA. Natural Health Plus stocks a wide range of supplementary vitamins and minerals, including Selenium. View our selection of supplements here.