Category Archives: Selenium

Selenium and Vitamin C: The Stress Connection

A number of nutrients are associated with protection from chronic stress. The basis for this differs between nutrients, but one category of anti-stress nutrients may function through an antioxidant mechanism. Both selenium and vitamin C are important nutrients required for … Continue reading

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Nutrients for the Treatment of Thyroid Health

The thyroid gland is pivotal in the metabolism of the organism. Hypothyroidism, or low activity of the thyroid, produces a sluggish metabolic rate which is characterised by the inability to correctly use energy to produce movement or heat. Treating hypothyroidism … Continue reading

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Selenium Fortification of Soils

Selenium is an essential nutrient for animals and humans. Selenium deficiencies can lead to muscle disorders, an increased risk of cancer, and oxidative damage to tissues. Obtaining adequate selenium is essential to health, and some sources of selenium are shellfish, … Continue reading

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Minerals and Immunity

Mineral deficiencies arise through various mechanisms and are prevalent in both Western nations and the developing world. Mineral deficiencies can have an impact on host immunity and a number of mineral deficiencies are known to cause severe immune dysfunction. Copper … Continue reading

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Selenium and Human Immune Health

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that is required for human health. Without adequate selenium in the diet disease is inevitable. Selenium is required because it forms part of a number of important cellular components called selenoproteins, where selenocysteine molecules … Continue reading

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More Evidence of Selenium Deficiencies: New Zealand

Selenium is an essential trace mineral required for the correct functions of cells. In this role selenium forms part of a group of proteins called selenoproteins. One important selenoprotein is glutathione peroxidase, a selenoprotein required as an antioxidant in cells. … Continue reading

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Nutritional Supplements for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety characterised by obsessive behaviour. A number of supplements have been investigated as possible treatments for this disorder, and many have been found to be beneficial. Here is a list of some of … Continue reading

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Selenium and Immunity

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Why Do Brazil Nuts Contain Large Amounts of Selenium

Brazil nuts are a good source of the essential mineral selenium. In fact eating brazil nuts makes it possible to easily obtain the recommended intake for selenium. But why are brazil nuts in particular such a good source of selenium? … Continue reading

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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