DISEASE AND SURGERY – THE SELENIUM SOLUTION (WORKING IN THE BODY)

How else does selenium work in the body?

Twenty-five selenoenzymes have been discovered so far, but the functions of only some have been identified. One group of selenoenzymes converts the inactive thyroid hormone T4 into T3, its active form. For this reason, the thyroid gland is particularly rich in selenium.

High levels of selenoenzymes have been detected in the testes, where they are believed to protect sperm from oxygen radical damage. Selenium also protects us against environmental irritants, such as ozone in the atmosphere, and several toxic heavy metals, such as mercury and cadmium.

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