Selenium
What is selenium?
Selenium is a trace mineral that is essential to good health. Selenium is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes

What happens if I have a deficiency in selenium?
Three specific diseases have been associated with selenium deficiency: Keshan Disease (enlarged heart), Kashin-Beck Disease (osetoarthropathy), Myxedematous Endemic Cretinism (mental retardation).

What happens if I have excess selenium?
Selenium toxicity (selenosis) is rare in the United States. Symptoms include gastrointestinal upsets, hair loss, white blotchy nails, garlic breath odor, fatigue, irritability, and mild nerve damage.

 

Source: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/selenium/

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