Selenium is one of the most important minerals for the immune system and the liver to function at an optimum level. This trace mineral is important for many bodily processes, including cognitive function and a healthy immune system. It also acts as an antioxidant to lower stress in the body, reduce inflammation and enhance immunity.
People with inadequate levels of selenium in their diet are more susceptible to infections and also recover more slowly from infections. This is because it is easier for a virus to replicate in the body of those with depleted selenium levels. You are also more likely to become fatigued and be at risk of thyroid problems, allergies and autoimmune disease.
What is selenium?
Selenium is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is found in soil, water and some foods. While we only need a little selenium in our diets, it is crucial for the optimal functioning of our bodies. It plays a very important part in our metabolism and thyroid functions.
Health benefits of selenium
- Selenium plays a part in protecting the nucleus, which contains our DNA
- It helps to detoxify the liver as it is required for the production of glutathione, an antioxidant enzyme
- It supports the immune system
- It is believed to help fight cancer cells
- It helps to reduce autoimmune disease
How to get selenium from foods
The selenium content in food is directly related to the amount of selenium in the soil that it has grown in. At one time, soils were rich in minerals. However, nowadays, many soils are depleted and no longer contain enough nutrients. For example, a single Brazil nut from one region provided up to 288% of the daily recommended intake, while others provided only 11%. Another factor is that much of the food we consume has been grown with pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
The most abundant natural source of selenium is Brazil nuts. It can also be found in organ meats, seafood, whole grains, brewer’s yeast, garlic, kelp, molasses, onions and some medical mushrooms.
What Rejuvenated product contains selenium?
Rejuvenated’s Immune Complex contains 27.5 µg of selenium. It is a blend of ingredients that have been created to support the immune system. The supplement is also combined with beta-glucans, cordyceps mushrooms, açai berry, elderberry, vitamin C, D and zinc.