Selenium deficiency and disease

Selenium and health

There are many vitamins and minerals that are not part of our diet in sufficient quantity for some reason or another. Selenium may be one of these nutrient-deficient diet.

In the case of selenium, a proper diet rich in fruits and vegetables may not contain sufficient quantities of this mineral. Selenium enters the food cycle through the plants. So that selenium may be present in plants or in the flesh, but the amounts of selenium in any case depend on the richness of the soil in this type of ore.

Selenium and soil

In some parts of the world, selenium in soil is very low, as in China. Selenium in crops in China is so low that the average daily intake is about ten micrograms per person. However, we need some sixty micrograms. To get an idea of ​​how little we need certain nutrients in our diet is enough to compare milligrams to micrograms. There are a thousand micrograms in one milligram

A flea weighs more than our daily requirement of selenium, about ¾ of a milligram. However, it still may not get enough selenium in their diet.

There seems to be a connection between low intake of selenium and certain diseases. In China, a health problem known as Keshan disease has grown in selenium-deficient individuals for much of their lives. Their presence, particularly in women and children.

Diseases related to selenium deficiency

Keshan disease is a cardiomyopathy, the heart is weakened and enlarged more than normal. The condition usually develops by selenium deficiency, and is prevented by supplementation of selenium to your diet.

We also observed correlations between cancer and selenium deficiency. The incidence of skin cancer is higher among people living in parts of the United States with low selenium content in the field. Selenium supplementation is one way to prevent the incidence of skin cancer. If there are deficiencies of selenium are more likely to develop melanomas but it seems to have an effect on the incidence and deaths from all cancers in general.

Areas with low amounts of selenium in soil has also been shown to have a relationship with a higher incidence of viral infections. This connection seems to include a variety of viral diseases, including HIV / AIDS.

Low intake of selenium can also lead to muscle cramps, goiter, recurrent miscarriage and thyroid hormone disorders.

Usually we do not have to worry about selenium deficiency, if you live in an area with a wide variety of products that come from different parts of the world. Remember there are many conditions that may be related to selenium deficiency: AIDS, gastrointestinal disorders, poor nutrition and people who receive food intravenously.

If you decide to supplement your diet with selenium, remember to keep your daily intake of sixty micrograms of selenium daily. Larger quantities can be toxic.

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