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Selenium as antioxidant makers

Selenium is what is known as a trace mineral, which means that it is only present in the human body in minute amounts, but in this case a little bit of this mineral goes an awful long way.

Selenium is needed to make selenoproteins, which are known to be both enzymes and powerful antioxidants.

Antioxidants are essential to combat the harmful effects of oxidants, or free radicals, which are chemicals produced by the human body as a bi-product of the process by which energy is synthesized.

Left unhindered, free radicals bind to other cells and destroy them, leading to a number of serious health problems such as heart disease and cancer.

Selenoproteins therefore help to protect against those two illnesses, as well as many more. They also help to support the immune system and regulate the thyroid gland.

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