Ask a health-conscious adult to name the key nutrients that are necessary for optimum health, and you’re likely to hear vitamins, such as Ñ and E, and minerals, including calcium and iron.
How many people would name selenium? Not many. Few people are aware of the disease-fighting powers of this essential nutrient.
What is selenium, and how important is it for good health? To maintain our health and, in fact, to stay alive, we need not only vitamins and minerals, but also more than a dozen trace elements. As the name implies, trace elements are nutrients that our bodies require in very small amounts. Selenium is one such nutrient.
Is selenium an antioxidant, like vitamin C?